Ned Lee Bishop, Jr.

May 16, 2021

Mr. Ned Lee Bishop Jr, age 40, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 in Vidor, TX.

Mr. Bishop was resident of Atmore, AL. and had resided in Vidor, TX. For the past 4 years. He loved motorcycles, four wheelers, working hard and anything to keep him busy. He had the best sense of humor and kept everyone laughing everywhere he went. He is preceded in death by his father, Ned Lee Bishop Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Lillie Mae Casey of Atmore, AL; three sons, Treygan McGhee of Atmore, AL; Chase Bishop and Talin Bishop of Atmore, AL; three daughters, Madison Rainwater of Augusta, GA; Scarlett Hayles and Olivia Hayles of Atmore, AL; four brothers, Jimmy (Kimberly) Casey of Pace, FL; Terry (Jennifer) Casey of Atmore, AL; Jerry Casey of Atmore, AL; Joseph (Christy) Casey of Flomaton, AL; three sisters, Linda (Danny) Flowers of Bratt, FL; Tina Casey and Lisa Casey of Atmore, AL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the Petty – Eastside Chapel Pastor Windell Hadley officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 2:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM at Petty – Eastside Chapel Funeral Home LLC.

Pallbearers will be Treygan McGhee, Chase Bishop, Anthony Rolin, Jeremy McGhee, Norman Lambert and Talin Bishop.

Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Walker.

James “Jim” Darrell Willis

May 16, 2021

James “Jim” Darrell Willis, 68, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 28, 2021.  A native of Pensacola, Florida and graduate of Pensacola High School (1970) and Liberty Bible College (Bachelors of Divinity), Jim owned Accura Appraisal Alliance for 30 years and was the most tenured member of the Pensacola Board of Realtors until his retirement in 2020.  The dearly beloved Pastor of Pine Forest Baptist Church for 24 years, Jim faithfully taught and preached the King James Bible, holding forth the traditions and principles of the Faith.

Jim greatly enjoyed travelling with his wife Vicki, listening to Jim Reeves’ music, collecting baseball cards and comic books, and making up songs and jokes for his grandkids.

Jim is survived by his wife and sweetheart, Vicki Caytreece Willis (Wilson), stepdaughter Jennifer Cain (Naugle), and three grandchildren of his heart, John Blair (“54″), Aaron Sibbach (“Zona”), and Hannah Dalzell (“Hannie Bannie”) all of whom he loved as his own, nurturing them as a father in the Lord.  Jim’s passing was witnessed by his family who held his hands, prayed, sang “Victory in Jesus”, and recited the 23rd Psalm.  Jim passed at 7:07 p.m. on a Wednesday evening when he would have been preaching at mid-week prayer meeting.  No doubt, Jim heard the Lord Jesus Christ say, “Welcome, Thou good and faithful servant; enter into the Joy of the Lord”. Amen.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles John Willis and Irene “Polly” Willis (Murray) and a brother John Larry Willis.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 1:00 P.M. at Flomaton Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Jouben officiating.  Interment will follow at Little Escambia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Flomaton Funeral Home on Saturday from 12:00 P.M. until service time at 1:00 P.M.

Pallbearers:  John Blair, David Joiner, Grey Linker, John May, Don Parker and Aaron Sibbach.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pine Forest Baptist Church’s missions fund.

The family wishes to express our sincere thanks to the 5th floor MICU Nursing Staff at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital for their compassionate care of our beloved husband, stepdad, and Papa Jim.

Willis Trent “Willie” Kennedy III

May 15, 2021

Willis Trent “Willie” Kennedy III was born on September 10th, 1980. He grew up in Belle Fountain (Gateswood), Alabama. After marrying the love of his life, he moved to Flomaton, Alabama, where he resided with Jessica Kennedy and their 4 children: Lexus, JT, Hunter, and Gracelynn.

Willie was an avid fisherman who competed in many bass tournaments. He could catch a fish in a mud puddle. He would often say he was shopping or eating from “God’s grocery store”. He loved the outdoors. He was raised in the country riding 4-wheelers, mud riding, and going to the river. He also loved to hunt. He had a heart of gold. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Willie, loved him. He was truly a good ole country boy.

He was a family man that loved his wife and children dearly. He enjoyed watching his boys play baseball and football throughout the years. He worked hard for his family and always talked about them. He was a very proud father and husband.

He worked for Innovative Refrigeration, where he met many close friends over the years. Willie was one of a kind. He will be greatly missed by many.

Willie passed away unexpectedly on May 12th, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

He is preceded in death by his father, Willis Kennedy Jr., his mother, Renee Kennedy, his paternal grandparents AC and Katie Lee and his maternal grandmother, Cindy Ward.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica Kennedy, his children: Lexus, JT, Hunter, and Gracelynn, his sisters: Debbie Long (Brandon) and Cheri Stoker (Chad), his mother and father in law: Curtis and Dianne Carnley, brother in law Michael Carnley (Ashley), and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North 1000 S. Hwy 29, Cantonment, Florida, is handling his arrangements. His viewing will be held Monday, May 17th from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home. His funeral will be held, Tuesday, May 18th at 10:00 AM with Serving as pallbearers are Josh Corey, Shawn Lister, Rocky Davis, Micheal Carnley, AJ Robinson, Scottie Grant, Kaegan Long and Austin (AK) Keith; serving as honorary pallbearers are Tony Lister and
Wille’s coworkers at Innovative Refrigeration. Following the services a processional to Clear Springs Cemetery at 27889 County Road 112, Robertsdale, Alabama will be held to the committal.

Lelia Frances Hayles

May 11, 2021

Mrs. Lelia Frances Hayles, age 88, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 in Atmore, AL.

Mrs. Hayles was a lifelong residence of the Atmore area, but a native of Moyeville, AL. She was a master gardener, loved the outside working with her plants. Mrs. Hayles attended the Poarch Community Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Ruby Burkett; seven siblings, Susie Mae Burkett Penton, Mose “Buddy” Burkett, Shefford “Shep” Burkett, Rochele Burkett, Charles Burkett, Joseph “Joe” Burkett and Dempsey “Demp” Burkett.

She is survived by her husband Edison Hayles of Poarch, AL; one son, Kimble N. Davis of Poarch, AL; one daughter, Gaye Davis King of Poarch, AL; two brothers, Robert Burkett and Arthur Burkett; five sisters, Reatha Burkett Emmons, Essie Burkett Amadeo, Mary Burkett Daniels, Edwina Burkett Calloway and Natasha Burkett Satterwhite; two grandchildren Jonathon Taylor and Justin Taylor of Fairhope, AL; four great- grandchildren, Jonathon Taylor Jr, Selby- Marie Taylor, Henry Taylor and William Taylor

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Petty -Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes LLC. with Chaplain Gabe Hallaway officiating.

Burial will follow at Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 2:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM at the Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes LLC.

Pallbearers will be John Lee Davis, Robbie Hayles, Jody Hayles, Justin Taylor, Jonathon Taylor Sr. and Jonathon Taylor Jr.

Billie Aaron Judah

May 11, 2021

Billie Aaron Judah, age 73, a native of Bonifay, FL and resident of Cantonment, FL, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Billie was a Vietnam Veteran, employee of International Paper, and the owner of the bait and tackle shop on 10 Mile Road for the last 16 years. He was an avid fisherman, a wonderful cook who loved to have cookouts for his family and friends. He was first and foremost an amazing husband to his wife Barbara who he loved with all his heart.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lavon Judah and Mildred Warren Judah.

Billie is survived by his wife, Barbara Skinner Judah; sons, Brian Judah, Don Lawrence, Johnny Lawrence, and Joey Lawrence; daughters, Lisa Conley and Tammy Mabire; eight grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11AM, on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Rev. Ken Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 10AM prior to services.

William Allen Wilson

May 10, 2021

William Allen Wilson, age 81, a native of Watsonville, California, and a resident of Molino, Florida, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 26, 2021.

He was a faithful servant as a member of the First Pentecostal Church where he worshiped his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He enjoyed his duties as door greeter, which he shared with his beloved Elizabeth before her death-welcoming fellow worshippers and visitors. He was Papa to three grandchildren and one great grandchild who all brought him great joy and happiness. Over the years, he spent many hours helping the older grandchildren with homework and providing guidance to these precious children while instilling them with his beliefs and values, which many were taught by example-to have faith and be strong during difficult times. He was a gentle and kind father to Ben with whom he spent many hours in conversation. He’s always been there when Ben needed anything-whether to hand him a tool, provide guidance or just simply be a good listener. Aside from his Lord and Savior and his family, Bill’s devotion was to the military.

Bill served the United States Navy over 27 years and retired as Master Chief.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth, his parents, Elmer Ray and Hanna Marie, his siblings Ray Wilson, John Wilson, and Alice Wylie. He is survived by his son, Ben Wilson (Lisa), one grandson, Gage, and two granddaughters Leigha (Daniel) Nielsen, Ellysia Wilson, and his first great-grandson, Daniel Nielsen, Jr., siblings Barbara Crombie, Shirley Wilson, Richard Wilson, Charles Wilson and Diane Wilson.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021, at 4:00 pm, at the First Pentecostal Church, 6500 W Street, Pensacola, Florida.

William Kenneth “Sonny” Knowles

May 10, 2021

William Kenneth “Sonny” Knowles, age 79, a native of Flomaton, AL and a longtime resident of Century, Fl, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Mr. Knowles was a graduate of Flomaton High School. He served in the Army and National Guard before starting his career in the Oil and Gas Industry. He retired from Exxon and went on to work for various other companies managing the Flomaton Plant. He officially retired in 2010 and loved spending time with his wife Marcia and his horses. He was a member of the Flomaton Pentecostal Holiness Church and spent many hours reading the Bible.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lois Knowles and Mary Alberta McKenzie Knowles, and his loving wife Marcia Rice Knowles.

He is survived by his sisters Peggy (Paul) Cortichiato, Sue Watson and brother Paul (Karen) Knowles; two daughters Sylvia (Randy) Straley and Cindy Hemme; step children Kim Schroeder, Kathy Hovark, James Hovark and Danny Hovark; two grandchildren Elizabeth Hemme and Kelsey Plant; various very loved nieces and nephews.

He will be laid to rest with his loving wife at the Rock Cemetery on May 29th at 11:00am.

Barbara Ann McIlwain

May 10, 2021

It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce the passing of our beautiful Barbara Ann McIlwain as she joins our Lord in Heaven after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer. She was a wonderful wife, loving mother to our two boys and cherished daughter to her father and stepmother. She was a beautiful person not only on the outside but also on the inside, as can be seen by the outpouring of love we have received from friends and family. There are no words to express how much she will be missed.

Barbara was born on January 31, 1968 in Pensacola, FL to Eddie and Nina Zarahn. She graduated from Tate High School then received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University of South Alabama. She later earned her MPA from USA.

Barbara was preceded in death by her mother, Nina Zarahn, and her brother, Chad Zarahn. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Rusty McIlwain, her twin sons Harrison and Parker McIlwain, her father and stepmother, Eddie and Adrienne Zarahn, and her two stepbrothers, Jason and Jarett Coleman.

Her legacy to her family is a love for Jesus Christ she demonstrated through word and deed.

Please join us in celebrating her life at Faith Chapel North, 1000 S. Highway 29, Cantonment, FL 32533. Visitation shall be from 6-8 PM on Thursday, May 13th and funeral services shall take place on Friday, May 14th at 12:30 PM, with burial to follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 7433 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola FL, 32526.

May 7, 2021

Marshall Wyatt Fant, of Molino, Florida is a Christian and went home to be with our heavenly Father on May 3, 2021, at the young age of 85. He was born in Marshall, Texas on May 28, 1935. He graduated in Class of 1953 at Ida High School in Louisiana. He has been a member of Highland Baptist Church since he and wife, Shirley Ann, moved to Molino in 1960.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Davis and Eva Fant; brothers Henry Doyle Fant and C.D. Fant, sister Martha Fant Terry, son Marshall Stanley Fant, and son-in-law Daniel Griffith.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Ann Fant; sister Mary Enfinger; brother John Fant (Faye); children Karen Griffith, Mickey Fant, Ronny Fant, Marsha Frierson (Terral), Marshalla Thompson (George), and Preston Fant (Cathy). He is survived by 16 grandchildren: Thomas Lee (Heather), Brian Lee, Jeremy Griffith (Jennifer), Erika Plummer (Dean), Jerry Jones (Crystal), Rodney Jones, Michael Pettis (Megan), Elec Pettis Sr. (Katheryn), Chase Fant, Tanner Fant, Sky Thompson, Marshall Thompson, Noah Fant, Hannah Fant, Kiara Thompson, and Aaliyah Thompson; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He and Shirley married in 1955 and have been married for 66 years and raised 7 children. He worked for Texas & Pacific Railroad and then was a truck driver for many companies until he retired. During his time as a trucker, he owned and operated his own truck for many years and enjoyed seeing America. He made work fun.

He enjoyed many activities including golf, insulators, date nails, coins, baseball cards, watching baseball, pitching horse shoes, and country life. One of his past-times over the last 10 to 15 years was karaoke. He would drive anywhere, anytime to sing a song. He recorded nearly 2,000 songs under the user name Boxcar and would also sing happy birthday to family members. He played several sports in high school, and continued to play many years after. In the 1960’s he was especially happy that he made a local team and was their catcher.

He was a kind and generous man who enjoyed life to the fullest. He would help anytime he saw someone in need. He even gave his only pair of glasses to a friend who needed them. He truly had a way to make every person he was around feel like they were special. One of his other favorite things to do was helping others enjoy Lake Stanley – the lake he and Shirley had built on their land. He singlehandedly built many fishing piers so people would have a better fishing experience. Above all he loved his family and friends. When he met a stranger it wasn’t long until they were fast friends. He truly modeled Matthew 25:40: “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Services for Marshall will be held at Faith Chapel North on Monday, May 10, 2021: Family visitation at 12:30 pm, guest visitation at 1:00 pm, funeral service at 2:00 pm to be officiated by Reverend Dennis Terry.

Pallbearers: Thomas Lee, Jeremy Griffith, Elec Pettis Sr., Tanner Fant, Marshall Thompson, and Noah Fant.

Honorary pallbearers: Brian Lee, Michael Pettis, Chase Fant, Ethan Terry, and Nolan Terry.

Dean Swindal Graham

May 7, 2021

Mrs. Dean Swindal Graham, age 90, of Atmore, AL. passed away on Thursday May 6, 2021. She was born in Sprott, the late J.O. and Virgie Mae Swindal and was a retired elementary school teacher. In 1952 she graduated from her beloved Alabama College, now known as Montevallo. Dean taught school for most of her career at A.C. Moore in Atmore, where she had many special friends and colleagues. She was honored to be a “50” year member of Delta Kappa Gamma. A longtime member of First Baptist of Atmore, AL; she taught Sunday school and VBS; was a faithful member of WMU and served on many committees. Her faith, church and family were the delights of her life.

Mrs. Graham is preceded in death by the love of her life, Sam to whom she was married for “59” years and a granddaughter Jessica.

She leaves behind two daughters, Anne Sherrill (Kent) and Gayle Carpenter (Steve); two sons, David (Dale) and Steve (Tammy); four granddaughters, Samantha Graham; Lindsey Sherrill, Kate Sherrill and Meg Walston; four grandsons, Jason Graham, Christopher Graham, Evan Graham (Melea) and Doug Sherrill (Haley); four great grandchildren, with one on the way, Daniel Repasky, Jake, Harper, and Sawyer Walston.

A special thanks is given to her care givers, Angel Searcy, Jamie Dreadin and the ladies of “We are Family Home Health Care Services’ as well as the compassionate staff of Southern Care Hospice for their loving care of Mama.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2:30 PM at the First Baptist Church., with Rev. Kevin Garrett officiating.

Private burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Atmore, AL. or Atmore Public Library.

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