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Hellon Belle Pierce

Our hearts rest easy knowing they are together again with the Lord. Hellon Pierce passed away early on the morning of June 24, 2016, to be with the Lord and Seldon, her husband of 65 years. She was a woman of tremendous grace, and leaves behind a void her family will find difficult to fill. In a letter Seldon wrote to Hellon on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, he quoted the scripture, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her.” (Proverbs 31). ... 

June 27, 2016 | Read more »

Gerald Byrd

Gerald Byrd, age 55, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at his family home with the love of his life beside him. Gerald is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dollie Byrd of Cantonment; his children, George Sundberg of Oklahoma City, OK, Terry Stacey of Cantonment, Katherine Sundberg of Seminole, AL, and Kevin Byrd of Pensacola; as well as many other family members and a very special grandson, Devin Creamer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Ard. A memorial service is scheduled for friends and family on... 

June 27, 2016 | Read more »

Loula Jane Cooper Hoffman

Jane, affectionately known as “Nana”, always had an exuberant smile for all she met and we are certain she was smiling brightly as she greeted her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a host of angels, and her family and friends as she entered Heaven’s Gate on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Jane was born and raised in Water Valley, Mississippi. She was the second child of Virgil Malcolm “Tide” and Ila Cooper. Her parents, step-mother Susie Cooper, sisters Mary Smith and Jeanie Hinson, grandson Willie McCormick,... 

June 27, 2016 | Read more »

Ken “Rabbit” Simpson

Ken “Rabbit” Simpson, age 77 from Milton, passed away June 24th after a short battle with melanoma cancer. He retired from Monsanto after 34 years of exemplary service as a maintenance mechanic. His passion was drag racing. As an avid driver of the sport, he was recognized and awarded numerous accolades in various races as one of the elite professionals in the sport. He was a three time world record holder with the International Hot Rod Association(IHRA). Local friends remember his car, the “Lil General”, and... 

June 27, 2016 | Read more »

Etta Pearl Standifer

Etta Pearl Standifer, age 76, went to be with the Lord on June 11, 2016, in Milton. She was born in Crestview, on January 3, 1940. Etta was the beloved daughter of Mary Etta and Charlie Oglesbee of Jay. Etta leaves behind her beloved daughters, Peggy Madden and Tammy Peacock; and her beloved sons, William and Bobby; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her beloved husband of 61 years, Carl Standifer. Etta was a homemaker who loved Jesus Christ and her family. She loved working in the yard with her flowers and many... 

June 27, 2016 | Read more »

Bessie Rolin

Mrs. Bessie Rolin, 91, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016, in Atmore. Mrs. Rolin was a native of McCurtain, Oklahoma and a resident of Atmore for the past 74 years. She worked at Head Start, Jerrald’s, Escambia County Public Schools, and Wind Creek Casino. She is of the Baptist faith. She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene “Buster” Rolin; and one grandchild, Bradley Rolin. She is survived by her eleven sons, Donnie (Dianne) Rolin of Poarch, Ernest (Tina) Rolin of Poarch, Harvey Rolin of Poarch, Roy Rolin of Poarch,... 

June 23, 2016 | Read more »

Paul L. Grover

After a long and courageous fight with cancer, Paul L. Grover shed his earthly body and stepped into the arms of his Savior and his Daddy, June 22, 2016. Paul was born November 3, 1970, in Pensacola and graduated from Catholic High School in 1988. He attended Livingston University, graduated from the University of West Florida and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi fraternity. Paul’s greatest passion was coaching girls’ basketball. Young ladies at Catholic, Pace, Milton and Jay High School were blessed to play under Coach... 

June 23, 2016 | Read more »

James Gregory Watts

James Gregory “Greg” Watts, 64 of Huxford, passed into eternity on June 20, 2016, while at his home after a long, valiant batter with cancer. He was born March 22, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, to the late J.D. and Virginia Watts. He was a graduate of Wilcox County High School in Camden, AL, where he lived and worked until 1991. He was self employed for many years at Greg Watts Trucking and formerly at Macmillan Bloedel in Pine Hill, as well as Buford Equipment Co. in Montgomery. He was a member of Mt.Pleasant Baptist Church in... 

June 23, 2016 | Read more »

Eunice Adell Bray Dannelley

Eunice Adell Bray Dannelley, age 93, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Pensacola. She was born in Baldwin County Alabama on October 20, 1922, to the late Joseph C. and Nita Wilson Bray. She was a lifelong resident of McCullough, Alabama. She was a member of Judson Baptist Church. She was a homemaker who loved cooking and was an accomplished seamstress which she enjoyed until her eyesight failed. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William Earl Dannelley; her sister, Helen... 

June 23, 2016 | Read more »

Vivian Louise Chavers Pate

Mrs. Vivian Louise Chavers Pate, age 64, of Unicorn Lane in Brewton, Alabama, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at her residence after a brief illness. She was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. Mrs. Pate attended Pilgrims Chapel Church. She was a 1970 graduate of Conecuh County High School in Castleberry, and a graduate of Jefferson Davis Community College. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Jerry Pate of Brewton; three sons,  Joshua Pate of Phoenix City, Alabama, Jeremy Pate and Jonah... 

June 20, 2016 | Read more »

Hazel Ruth McGhee Brice

Hazel Ruth McGhee Brice, 75 of Atmore, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Mobile. She was a retired registered nurse. She was born in Poarch, on August 22, 1940, to the late Mace and Elba “Coot” Presley McGhee . She was a Member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. She was one of the first Native Americans to graduate from University of Alabama.  She served on the Board of Church Society for the UMC, serving Native American and Indigenous Family’s. She is preceded in death by her husband, James A. Brice; sister,... 

June 20, 2016 | Read more »

Floyd Lester Johnson

Mr. Floyd Lester Johnson, 85, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mr. Floyd Lester Johnson was a native of Whitehouse Fork, Alabama, and a former resident of Clanton, AL and had resided in Shreveport for the past 10 years. Mr. Johnson was a Veteran of the Korean War, and a retired machinist with the Federal Government-NASA Program. He is preceded in death by a son, Lester Raymond “Butch” Johnson; mother of his children, Barbara Ballinger Johnson; two sisters, Ernestine Rowlan and Helen Whatley;... 

June 20, 2016 | Read more »

Aaron Louis Steele

Aaron Louis Steele, 85, of Pensacola, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Pensacola. He graduated from Ernest Ward High School. He retired from Southern Bell and AT&T. He was born in Oak Grove on August 14, 1930, to the late Alex and Elizabeth Greer Steele. He is preceded in death by brothers, Marshall (Elise) Steele, Raymond (Ruby) Steele, Amond (Mary) Steele, Edward Steele, and Roger (Jean) Steele. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn Steele; one son, Floyd Glen (Vicky) Steele; granddaughter, Sarah (Joshua)... 

June 20, 2016 | Read more »

Sidney Allen Gill, Jr.

Sidney Allen Gill, Jr., age 68, of Milton, was called home June 16, 2016, while surrounded by his cherished family. He was born in Pensacola on January 1, 1948, to Willie Jewel Burch and her then husband, the late Sidney Gill, Sr.. Sid was a proud 1968 graduate of Pensacola High School and Troy State University where he earned a masters degree in Business Management. He was a member of the Army National Guard and retired from Hatch Mott MacDonald Engineering after 17 years of service. Sid was known for his dedication to his family,... 

June 20, 2016 | Read more »

Gwendolyn E. Cotton

Gwendolyn E. Cotton, a lifelong resident of Pensacola, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the age of 69. She was an avid New Orleans Saints and LSU football fan. She was preceded in death by her mother, Flora Mae Meriwether “Mimi”; father, Louis Clement Rance; and niece, Susan King Weems. Gwendolyn is survived by her husband, Gary F. Cotton; brother, Terry Louis (Carol) Rance; sister, Dianne Rance (Hugh) King of Mandeville, LA; her beloved beagle, Boudreaux; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Celebration of... 

June 20, 2016 | Read more »

Beulah Hall Spicer

Mrs. Beulah Hall Spicer, 91, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016, in Atmore. Mrs. Spicer was a native of Andalusia, Alabama and a resident of Bratt since 1959. Mrs. Spicer was a homemaker, loved farming and was a member of the Pleasant Home Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Monsanto and Alatex Industry. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert Ralph Spicer. She is survived by her two sons, Robert E. (Stephanie) Spicer and Rex (Sarah) Spicer, all of Atmore; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral... 

June 15, 2016 | Read more »

Berman Franklin Leonard, Jr.

Mr. Berman Franklin Leonard, Jr., 56, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in Milton. Mr. Leonard was a native and former resident of Atmore and had resided in Milton for the past year. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Carrie Leonard and his grandparents. He is survived by his two brothers, Steve (B.B) Leonard and Mike Leonard, all of Century; one sister, Regina (Jeff) Ogden of Pace; one aunt, Lucille Sells of Atmore; two nephews, Curtis Ogden of Pace and Rocky Hadley of Perdido; and one niece, Stacey and Blake... 

June 15, 2016 | Read more »

Lena Mae Richardson

Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Mae Richardson, 94, of Walnut Hill, will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Longmire-Jones Memorial Chapel of Turner Funeral Chapel with Rev. Willie White officiating. Retirement of her remains will be next to her husband in Bethany Church Cemetery in Burnt Corn, AL. Public viewing will be Friday, June 17, 2016, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home with Turner Funeral Chapel directing.  Read More →

June 15, 2016 | Read more »

Russell Francis Anderson

Russell Francis Anderson “slipped the surly bonds of earth” on June 10, 2016. He was born on June 27, 1929 in Baltimore, MD, to J. Fred and Loretta (Wind) Anderson. He was the youngest of six children. In 1948 Russ enlisted in the Navy, retiring as a Master Chief in 1974, after serving in Alaska, Japan, Virginia, Turkey, Cyprus and Hawaii. Following his naval career, Russ pursued many interests including acquiring an associate’s degree in accounting and having his own accounting business for several years. During this time... 

June 15, 2016 | Read more »

Wiley T. Byrd, II

Wiley T. “Buddy” Byrd II, of Westville, died Saturday, June 11, 2016, at his residence in Westville. Wiley was a native of Pensacola and graduated from Ernest Ward High School, Class of 1966. He later served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany for three years but lived most of his life in Marianna. Buddy was a member of Annie Jones United Methodist Church in Walnut Hill. He loved the rodeo life, was an avid cowboy and loved animals. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wiley T. and Helen Rankin Byrd. Survivors include... 

June 12, 2016 | Read more »

Celest Nelson Spears

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Celest Nelson Spears went to be with the Lord. Celest was born November 4, 1940, in Pensacola. She was the daughter of William and Missouri Nelson. She graduated from Tate High School in 1958. Celest is survived by her husband of 34 years, Herschell; brother, Donald (Janette) Nelson; sons, Rubin Holley of Lauderhill, FL; James (Maggie) Holley of Fayetteville, NC; step-son, Brad (Christine) Spears of Milton; step-daughter, Glenna (Ronald) Shephard of Opelika, AL;and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral... 

June 9, 2016 | Read more »

Ether Oline Kilcrease

Mrs. Ether Oline Kilcrease, 102, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Atmore. Mrs. Kilcrease was a native of Brantley, AL and was a resident of the Valley Grove Community in Opp, AL, and had resided in Atmore for the past 10 years. She was a member of the Sweet Home Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Jerry M. Kilcrease; one son, John Thomas Kilcrease; and one daughter, Lenora Bell. She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Kilcrease of Perdido, AL and Jerry L. Kilcrease of Brewton, AL; one sister,... 

June 9, 2016 | Read more »

Bernice Jane Ashcraft

Bernice Jane Ashcraft, 85 of Atmore, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016, at her residence. She was a homemaker. She was born in Atmore on November 21, 1930, to the late Ennie Smith. She is preceded in death by her husband, William H. Ashcraft; her mother, Ennie Mitchell; and siblings, Bill Lofton and Junior Mitchell. Survivors include one son, Ricky Ashcraft and one daughter, Jill Ashcraft, both of Atmore; two grandchildren, Amanda Ashcraft and John Ashcraft; and one great-grandchild, Tykenya Ashcraft. Services were held Monday,... 

June 7, 2016 | Read more »

Eltra Mae (Sid) Vickrey Etheridge

Eltra Mae (Sid) Vickrey Etheridge entered into the gates of Heaven on June 2, 2016. She was born in Local (Huxford), AL on February 9, 1916, to Heman and Maggie Lomax Vickrey. A consummate mother and caretaker, Sid was an excellent cook and she received great joy in taking care of others. She retired from Rachel Patterson Elementary School after 20 years of service. She was a resident of Atmore for over 70 years before relocating to Century Nursing and Rehabilitation in 2010. Even though she was a centurion in age, she never... 

June 7, 2016 | Read more »

Wilbur T. “Dick” Brown

Mr. Wilbur T. “Dick” Brown, 87, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Atmore. Mr. Brown was a native of Huxford, and a lifelong resident of Atmore. Mr. Brown was in the VFW Post 7016. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Korean, and Vietnam. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atmore. He is preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Brown. He is survived by special friend, Mike Hanks of Atmore and special caregiver, Angie Searcy of Atmore. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Petty-Eastside... 

June 7, 2016 | Read more »