News Obituaries

Obituaries for week of February 17, 2019

Jamal D’Onte Duggans

Mr. Jamal D’Onte Duggans, age 18, of Brewton, Ala., passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Baptist Hospital, South in Montgomery, Ala. as a result of a gunshot. He attended T.R. Miller High School. He enjoyed playing football, basketball, and rapping.

Mr. Duggans is survived by his mother, Tasha (Peterson) Duggans of Brewton; his father, Jerriod Duggans, Sr. of Key West, Fla.; three brothers, Devonte Peterson and Reginald Smith, Jr., both of Brewton and Jerriod Duggans, Jr. of Brunswick, Ga.; his grandmother, Martha Peterson of Brewton; his grandfathers, Gregory Jones of Fernandino, Fla. and Abraham Weston of Brewton; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Second St. Siloam Baptist Church, Brewton with Rev. Willie J. Blue – Host Pastor and Rev. Eric Andrews- Eulogist. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery (Pea Ridge Community), Brewton.

Turner Funeral Chapel LLC in charge of all arrangements. Atmore


Amelia Gayle Ikner Scarbrough

Mrs. Amelia Gayle Ikner Scarbrough, age 67, born in Frisco City, Ala. and a resident of Stockton, Ala. passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at her residence. She retired from the Baldwin County Health Department where she served as office manager.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Penola Daviss Ikner and two sisters, Marie Lathan and Judy Kirksey.

Mrs. Scarbrough is survived by her husband, Gary W. Scarbrough of Stockton; her children, Shawyne (Rodney) Durant of Monticello, Ga., James (Regina) Godwin of Stockton and Johnny (Mellany) Godwin of Aurora, Colo.; step-children, Allen (Amy) Scarbrough of Frisco City, Ala. and Nick Scarbrough of Monroeville, Ala.; a sister, Katrinia (Benji) Crane of Bay Minette, Ala.; six grandchildren, Aaron Godwin, Joseph Durant, April (Tyler) Hadley, LoreLei Durant, Amelia Godwin and C.J. Godwin; three step-grandchildren, Ariel Scarbrough, Andrew Scarbrough and Elisa Scarbrough, Cadence Hope Scarbrough and one great-grandchild, Riley Godwin.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Norris Funeral Home with Reverend Tony Meinhardt officiating. Burial followed at Mexia Baptist Cemetery in Mexia, Ala. at 1:30 p.m.

The family received friends Monday, February 11, 2019 from 9a.m. until the 11 a.m. service at Norris Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Byron Patterson, Rodney Durant, Tyler Hadley, Aaron Godwin, Nick Scarbrough, Allen Scarbrough and Joseph Durant.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy White and Keith Patterson.

Although the family accepts flowers they suggest memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 19059 Greeno Road, Suite A, Fairhope, AL 36532.

Norris Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Bay Minette, Ala.


James Grout Van Pelt   

Mr. James Grout Van Pelt, (known to his friends as Bama Jim), age 87, of Walnut Hill, Fla., passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Atmore Community Hospital. He was born in Pampa, Texas to the late James Lester and Geraldine Van Pelt. The family moved to Pensacola, Fla. in the 1930s. He was a graduate of Pensacola High School; attended Marion Institute and graduated from the University of Alabama before serving as an officer in the U. S. Army as a pilot. After his military service he moved back to run the family dairy in Walnut Hill, Fla. He was an

active member of First United Methodist Church, Atmore for over 60 years, servingin many capacities. He served on the boards of the Walnut Hill Grain Elevator and the Davisville Water System.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, George Thomas Van Pelt and grandsons Russell William Stewart and James Robert Stewart.

Mr. Van Pelt is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Doris Cunningham Van Pelt; son, Mike (Ginny) Van Pelt; daughters, Gerri Van Pelt McDonald, Beth (Steve) Drew, Janie (Jimmy) Carpenter, Julie (Jerry) Brantley; grandchildren, Sandi Drew (Travis) Sims, Ryan Stewart, Nicholas (Jocelyn) Drew, Kyle (Maria) Carpenter, Keri Carpenter, Bradley Lowery, Kristen Carpenter, Michael Lowery, Melanie McDonald, Jessica Lowery (Matthew) Bishop; great- grandchildren, Drew Sims, Asher Sims and Eleanor Drew.

Active pallbearers will be Ryan Stewart, Kyle Carpenter, Nicholas Drew, Bradley Lowery, Michael Lowery, and Travis Sims.
Honorary pallbearers will be Clint Smith, Buck Powell, Jim Staff, Jim Spears, Pee Wee Powell, Tim Dortch, Lamar Godwin, Brett Ward and Heath Ward.

A celebration of his life was held Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Atmore, with Reverend Dr. Debora Bishop and Reverend Brennan Peacock officiating.

The family received friends Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at First United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. until service time at 12:30 p.m.

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

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of “Bama Jim” to First United Methodist Church, Atmore, More Than Bricks Fund, 311 S. Pensacola Ave. Atmore, Ala.36502.

Johnson Quimby Funeral Home Inc. in charge of all arrangements.


Emma Jean McGhee

Mrs. Emma Jean McGhee, age 97, of Daphne, Ala., passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 in Mobile, Ala. She was homemaker. She was born in Atmore, Ala. to the late Marion and Julia
Barlow Albritton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lindsey Woodrow McGhee; siblings, Agnes Hollingsworth, Gwendolyn Irwin, Ruby Rushing, Edna Raines, Yvonne Kirkley, Gladys Caraway, and Marion “Bud” Albritton.

Mrs. McGhee is survived by one son, Michael (Monica) McGhee of Daphne; granddaughters, Tracy (Mitch) Harrell of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Alesha (Tim) Langhlin of Foley, Ala.; grandson, Jeremy (Sybil) McGhee of Dothan, Ala.; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11 a.m. from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. J.T. Guyton officiating. Interment will follow in Antioch Cemetery at Nokomis, Ala.

Active pallbearers will be Jeremy McGhee, Tim Laughlin, Lloyd Albritton, Ronnie Albritton, Phillip Albritton, Gregory Albritton and Mitch Harrell.

Honorary pallbearer will be, David McGhee.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 9:30 until service time at 11 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Wilfred Van Davison

Mr. Wilfred Van Davison, age 52, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Monday, February 11, 2019. He was born in Atmore to the late Curtis and Mary Davison. He was a l984 graduate of 1984. He was employed by Escofab Inc. for twenty plus years. He earned his welding certification from Jefferson Davis Community College. He was later employed with the Alabama Department of Corrections and Marvin’s. He attended JDCC and earned a certification in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration. His last place of employment was ThyssenKrupp Steel USA O(AM/NS).  Having been blessed with a gift to fix anything, he started his own business, “The Handy Man” service. He was a member of Mt. Gillead Missionary Baptist Church serving on the Usher Board, working in the sound room and served on the beautification committee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carl and Lee Davison and one sister, Genevia Jennings.

Mr. Davison is survived by his wife, Janice; one son, Sedrick Van King of Pensacola, Fla. two daughters, Khadijah Montgomery and Kawanda King, both of Atmore; grandchildren, Jourdan, Leland, JaCarion, Jaliyah and JaKaden; siblings, Sandra (Wayne) Gray, Quanda (Alfonzia) Williams and Curtis (Linda) Davison, all of Atmore, Sharon (Johnny) Trayvick of Phenix City, Ala., Barbara Dortch of Troy, Ala., Renevia Johnson of Oakman, Ala., Mary (Donald) Woods of Jeffersonville, Ind., Kathryn Rogers of Minneapolis, Minn., Shelia (Paul) Johnson of Newburg, N.Y. and Sherman (Cylinda) Davison of Marietta, Ga.; one uncle, Elder Edward Hattie Jean) Davison of Montgomery, Ala., ; three aunts, Essie Mae Walker and LaDorse Carter, both of Atmore, and Mary Walker of Mobile, Ala; devoted mother-in-law, Sister Mable King: brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Eugene, Arthur (Marilyn), Melvin (Sarah), Fred (Sheritha), Rosaline (Willie) and Al8ice (Henry); a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Grace Fellowship, host church with Rev. Gary Bryant officiating. Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Grant, Mike Davidson, Dexter Adams, Victor Staples, Carl Staples, Pat Davidson, Reginald Williams and Imani Gray, Sr.

Honorary pallbearers were Pastor Gene King, Kelvin Wiltz, Kenny Craft, Wade Cos, Robert Grissett, Ellis Beachy, Terrill Iutzi, David Tillery, Calvin Schrock, Anthony Swartzendruber, Thomas Rhodes, Leonard Hurst, Dale Wenger, Nervin Martin and Reginald Adams.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. in charge of all arrangements.


Lester Tyrone Knight

Mr. Lester Tyrone Knight, age 35, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019. He was born in Atmore to Lester and Linda Barnes. He was reared with his great-great-grandmother and family in Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church. He was a 2002 graduate of Escambia County High School. He worked various jobs, was a jack of all trades and enjoyed race cars and racing. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He had an issue with his heart, but never an issue of the heart because he loved big and his actions spoke louder than words.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Pearlie Mae Knight; his grandparents, Elbert and Veola Barnes and Levon Lett; cousins, Chris Hollinger and Andre Barnes.

Mr. Knight is survived his parents; two children, Lestyn Byrne, Kalylah Byrne and their mother, Katherine Byrne; eldest daughter, Ivyona Knight and her mother, Rachel Carnley and daughter, Taliya Johnson; brothers, Tomorrion (Kimberly) Barnes, LaCarlos (Bridgette) Barnes, Anterrio Montgomery, his baby brother; his best friend, Courtney Barnes; his sister, Lakendal Rothschild; grandmother, Arcile Knight; uncles, George (Madeline) Barnes of Calif., Eddie (Shirley) Barnes of La., Marvin (Kathy) Barnes, Sylvester Barnes, Bobby Barnes, Danny Barnes, Calvin (Patricia) Wiggins and Kendrick Pace, all of Ala.; aunts, Geraldine (late John) Hollinger, Dorothy (James) Mitchell, Geneva (late Willie) Carter, Jackie Brown, Shirley (Melvin) Washington,, Pearluie Ann (Willie B0) Knight, Monica Pace and Cathy (Willie) Finklea, all of Ala., Alberta (Milton) Cox, Artelia (Gary) Smith, Sophia (late Clarnece) Irby, all of Maryland and Florence (Greg Taylor and Carolyn Krump of Ohio; Auntie Sylvia (late John) Roberts, God-mother, Ella Mae Jackson of New York; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relative and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Amos Smith, Pastor officiating. Interment followed in Stallworth Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Anthony McCants, Eric Mtichell, Logan Colbert, Pete Johnson, Norman “BoBo” Lambert and Dwight Barnes.

Honorary Pall bearers were Tomorrion Barnes, Anterrio Montgomery, Tyson Knight, LaCarlos Barnes, Courtney Barnes and Tomorrion Knight.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. in charge of all arrangements.