Mattie Lou Sheffield

April 28, 2014

Mattie Lou Sheffield, age 86, of McDavid, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Atmore. She was a homemaker born in Century, on December 17, 1927, to the late Bert Louis and Edith Dunlap Godwin. Ms. Sheffield was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a member of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is preceded in death by siblings, Louise Walker, AnnaLee Woolett, David Godwin, Joseph Godwin, Susie Wise, Mazie Hawthorne and James Godwin.

Survivors are her children, Van and Barbara Sheffield of Milton; William Sheffield of McDavid; Robert and Faye Sheffield of Gainesville; Missy and Elton Gilmore of McDavid; Elaine Johnson of Pace; Sam and Anita Sheffield of Tallahassee; sisters, Irene McPherron of Washington state; Vicky Jordan of Century; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Nathan Brown officiating.

Burial was at McCurdy Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eric Gilmore, Matthew Gilmore, Ben Gilmore, Shawn Johnson, Derek Johnson, and Dennis Jordan.

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

Ada Eyvonne Strickland Stokes

April 28, 2014

Ada Eyvonne Strickland Stokes, 80 of Atmore, passed away Saturday, April 26,2014, at her residence. She was retired from Vanity Fair Mills as a machine operator, born in Marengo County, Ala., to the late Alex and Erma L. Huckabee Strickland, Jr. on December 15, 1933.

She is preceded in death by her husband, George Houston Stokes; children, Barbara and Kirby Bance Burgett; and sister, Mary Etheridge.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph M. Burgett and Randy C. Burgett; two step-sons, Houston Johnny Stokes and George M. Dodds; one daughter, Myra L. Bray; three step-daughters, Joyce Morrell, Rhonda Paul and Donna Bruks; one brother, David O. Strickland; five sisters, Thelma Phillips, Nell Pugh, Shirley Stokley, Beatrice Baggett and Alice Craver; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, April 28, 2014, at Presley Street Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Grindle officiating.

Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

Robert Allen Bullard

April 27, 2014

Retired FWBFD Battalion Chief, Robert Allen Bullard, 51, of Beulah, went home to be with his Lord & Savior on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was an active member of Olive Baptist Church, battalion chief, paramedic and fire fighter for over 27 years. During his long career at Ft. Walton Beach Fire Department he was instrumental in starting the Advanced Life Support program that has undoubtedly saved many lives over the years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Arline Bullard.

He is survived by his wife, Renee Bullard of 31 years, son, Jonathan (Martha) Bullard, grandson, Jaden Bullard, daughter, Brandy Bullard and 11 siblings: Mary (Patrick) Green, Janet (Tom) Kerfien, John (Pamela) Bullard, Walter Bullard, Marilyn Lewis, Bonnie Williams, Rachel (Larry) DeMass, Patty (Joe) Wood, Daniel (Tammy) Bullard, Roy (Melissa) Bullard, and Edith (Brian) Santos.

Visitation will be at Faith Chapel North Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Olive Baptist Church at 11 a.m. after a 10 a.m. viewing Monday, April 28, 2014.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Martez Gilmore Dortch

April 26, 2014

Martez Gilmore Dortch, age 82, of Bratt, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Atmore. She was a homemaker, born in McDavid on September 03, 1931, to the late Fred and Carol Ray Gilmore. Ms. Martez was a dedicated mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was an accomplished seamstress and active community volunteer for many years. Ms. Dortch was a member of the Bratt First Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, J.C. Dortch; siblings, Gerald Gilmore, Lillian Shaw, Roy Gilmore, Glen Gilmore, Louise Green, and Johnny Gilmore.

Survivors are her children, June & Roberto Valenzuela of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Randy and Sue Dortch of Bratt, Billy and JoAnn Dortch of Cantonment, Mark and Sheila Dortch of Bratt,  Tim and Gabby Dortch of Nokomis (Fla) and Kristie and Steve Gibson of Bratt; 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be Monday, April 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Delbert Redditt and Bro. Tim Hawsey officiating.

Interment will follow in Godwin Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Donations may be made to Bratt First Baptist Family Life Center, 4570 Hwy. 4, Century FL 32535.

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

Eleanor Faye Anderson

April 25, 2014

Eleanor Faye Anderson 88, of Atmore, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Atmore. She was born in Andalusia to the late Andrew E. and Mattie Deloris Williams Anderson. She was a graduate of Andalusia High School, Troy State University and attended Auburn University. She taught school at Baldwin County, W.S. Neal, Flomaton and 31 years in Atmore. She was a pink lady at Atmore Community Hospital, a member of The First Baptist Church of Atmore and taught Sunday School to the homebound.

She is survived by her nephews Robert S. Anderson of Andalusia; William Daulton Anderson and James Foster Anderson both of Atmore; and nieces Vickie Lane Anderson and Donna Kay Rawson both of Pensacola; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 1 p.m. from the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Arnold Hendrix officiating.

Active pallbearers will be Foster Anderson, III; David Anderson; Chris Kaiser; John Dixon and Bill Hostetler.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Oscar Wayne Conley

April 25, 2014

Oscar Wayne Conley passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2014, while working in Tampa.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Lewie Hubbard Conley and Susie Irene Thigpen; and brother, Henry Conley.

Pat traveled all over the United States and used his wit and personality to get along with people from all walks of life. Pat was definitely a people person who loved his friends and his Florida State Seminoles.

Pat is survived by his daughter, DeeDee (Tommy) Mitchell; son, Louie (Jessie Rae) Conley; three grandchildren, Aunika, Jackson, and Taylor; brother, Bill (Dawn) Conley; and sisters, Ellen (Dave) McGahan and Sharon (Larry) Pugh.

A memorial service was held on April 18, 2014, at Jay Funeral Home.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Autrey and Shirley Owens for all their help in putting this memorial together.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mark Manning

April 23, 2014

Mark Manning, aka the Mighty Munchkin, rode that big bike to the highway in the sky on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  He was born in Greenville, AL, on March 13, 1958.

Mark was a motorcyclist, fisherman and gentleman farmer.  He was a huge supporter of 4-H, FFA and the Molino Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a licensed amateur radio operator, an expert mechanic and jack of all trades.  He lived for his family every day; they were his life.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Dorothy Manning; brother, Ben Manning and godson, Dalton Wilson.

Mark is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kristin G. Manning; mother-in-law, Jean Guidy; sons and daughter-in-laws, Anthony (Amanda) Manning, Justin Manning (Cynthia Nelson), Andrew (Julia) Manning; sister and brother-in-law, Janet (Randy) Williams and Gail Coleman; grandchildren, Austin, 8, Hunter, 7, Logan. 5, and Adalynn, 5; nephews, Allen and Jason Williams; godsons, Justin Crabtree, Eric Bryant and Bryan Winfree; god-daughter, Jacqueline Wilson and his beloved pups, Seven, Lilly, Lexie, Sam and Peyton.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Emerald Coast Hospice.

Visitation will be held at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North Friday, April 25, 2014, from 6-8  p.m.

Funeral service will take place Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.

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

George Eddie Gibbs, Sr.

April 23, 2014

George Eddie Gibbs, Sr. passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Hewas born on September 14, 1938, in Sims, Arkansas, to Alvin R. Gibbs and Irene Vines Gibbs. He was the second of three children and their only son.

He is survived by his wife of over 53 eyars , Mary Nell (Brown) Gibbs, and sons, Eddie (Michele) Gibbs of Gulf Breeze, Jake (Alesia) Gibbs and John (Michele) Gibbs of Jay; sisters Anniece Flowers and Donna Brewer, both of Mobile. He was Pawpaw to seven grandchildren: Andrew (Katie) Gibbs, Joshua Gibbs, Timothy Gibbs, Anna Gibbs, Zachary Gibbs, Jeremy Gibbs and Bridget Gibbs.

He was a resident of Dixonville for most of his life and loved the people and community in which he lived. He was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors. While he loved to hunt and fish himself, his greatest joy came from the success of his children and grandchildren. His career was in Civil Service at NAS Whiting Field where he worked from 1966 until his retirement as the Planning & Estimating Supervisor in 1995.

In his years of service, he distinguished himself as a hard worker and leader and was presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1986 and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and upon retirement. After retirement, he stayed active in his pursuits of gardening, hunting and fishing as well as keeping up with his beloved grandchildren. He was a member of and served as song leader for Dixonville Baptist Church and was dedicated to the church until its closure in 2008. Most recently, he attended Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.

A visitation will be held for family and friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton. Funeral Services will be at Williams Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m.  Thursday, April 24 with Dr. Lennie Howard officiating, followed by internment at the Dixonville Community Cemetery in Dixonville, Alabama, with Reverend Bill Thompson officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.


Active Pallbearers will be Jim “Moo” Brown, Kenny Flowers, Stephen Jackson, Larry Moore, Ricky Sanders, and Bill Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Haynes Alford, Robert Bradley, John Kemp and Richard Thompson.

The family would like to express our appreciation to the outpouring of love and prayers to neighbors, friends and family members. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Barbara Ann Hart

April 21, 2014

Barbara Ann Hart of Cantonment was born in Pensacola at Baptist Hospital on August 10, 1960.  She passed away at the age of 53 on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Baptist Hospital.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cottage Hill.  Barbara was employed in the medical records department at Cardiology Consultants.

Barbara graduated from Tate High School in 1978.  She loved her family, her church, her dogs, Cocoa and Duke, and country-western music.  Barbara was always a hard worker and would help any friend in need.  She loved working with flowers and making things beautiful around her home.

Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, David Hart, Jr.

Survivors include her father, Warren D. Hart; mother, Roberta N. Hart; one brother, Daniel Ray Hart and his wife, Betty Ann Hart; one niece, Rebecka and her husband Jacob Grice and their children Jackson and Alyssa.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Pastor David Shofner officiating.

Interment to follow at Bayview Memorial Park.

Pallbearers include Jacob Grice, Jackson Grice, Col (Ret) Steven D. Martin, Bill Ryland, James Earl Vickery and Donald Gainey.

Harley Walter Lister

April 21, 2014

Harley Walter Lister, 77, having lost his battle to cancer on April 19, 2014, entered into the presence of his Lord. He was born in Atmore in 1936, a member of Dauphin Way Baptist Church since 1975, and a longtime resident of Mobile. He is preceded in death by parents, Arnold and Nettie Varnum Lister; siblings, Houston Lister, Beulah Lister Wickland, Arnold (Shag) Lister, Cindy Lister Mannson, Danny Edward Lister; and granddaughter, Metesha Lister.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Robbie Jean Lister; five children, Norma Jean Shepherd (Mike), Walter Raymond Lister (Jean), Deborah Lynn Murphy (Paul), Lori Ann Reid (Bobby), and Ronald Keith Lister; sister, Eula Wickland, Las Vegas, Nevada and brother, Wilber (Bill) Lister of Beecher City, IL; 14 grandchildren, Nevin Eckerman (Mandy), Nicklaus Eckerman(April), Haagon Lister(Kristy), Tiffany Lister(Zachary), Avery Lister, Robbie Lister, Ryan Lister(Amanda), Lynn Pugh(KJ), Joshua Murphy(Nicole), Jessie Murphy(Sandy), Judson Murphy, Michael Reid, Mark Reid, and Mason Lister; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home in Cantonment.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers please give donations to Sadd’s Hospice. Our thanks to Sandra, Sonya, and Wilsie for their care of our loved one in his final hours.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

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