News Obituaries

Obituaries for week of May 19, 2019

J.C. Marshall


Mr. J.C. Marshall, age 85, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at his home in Canoe, Ala. He was a native and life-long resident of Canoe. He loved Alabama football. He was a member of Canoe First Baptist Church. He worked for Stuckey Oil Company with twenty years of service; had his own truck he leased to Genie Trucking Company for six years; worked at Creek Travel Plaza in maintenance.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Leitha Marshall of Canoe; one son, James Melton (Mary) Cardwell of Easton, Mo.; two daughters, Pam (Marlin) Iutzi of Flomaton, Ala. and Candy Stuckey of Canoe; eight grandchildren, Jamie Cardwell, Crystal Propher, Meagen Hyatt, Ashlee Bryars, Carlee Bell, Cayla Gohagan, Courtney Cook and Christina Gohagan and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Waylon Stuckey officiating. Burial followed at Canoe Freewill Cemetery.

The family received friends Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Marshall, Alex Lowery, Randal Shuttlesworth, Rick Hetrick, Ricky Morgan and Terrill Iutzi.

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


Clovers Ray Bell

Mr. Clovers Ray Bell, age 76, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Pensacola, Fla. He was born in Mobile, Ala. to the late Ely D. and Annie Oakley Uptagrafft Bell. He was a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Atmore. He operated Bell’s Auto Supply in Atmore and retired after fifty-one years in business.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Annie Amos Bell of Atmore; son, James Alan (Susan) Bell of Troy, Ala. and daughter Wendy (Jon) Jury of Atmore; brother-in-law, Arnold Amos of Atmore; three grandchildren, Megan (Zack) Stewart, Mallory (Keegan) Lambeth and Morgan Jury; four great-grandchildren, Camden Stewart, Macie Stewart, Collin Stewart and Lawson Lambeth.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Atmore with Rev. Arnold Hendrix and Rev. Kevin Garrett officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Arnold Amos, David Amos, Kelby Amos, Zack Stewart, Keegan Lambeth and Billy Wayne Branum.

The family received friends Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of Atmore.

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


Evelyn Graham Woodson

Mrs. Evelyn Graham Woodson, age 91, a former resident of Marion, Ala., Atmore, Ala. and Magnolia Springs, Ala. passed away at a nursing facility in Birmingham, Ala. Saturday, May 11, 2019. She was born in Canoe, Ala. to the late Paul Taylor and Gladys Lee Graham. She was a 1946 graduate of Escambia County High School and a 1950 graduate of the University of Alabama. Following graduation and for her entire career spanning over thirty years she was employed by the Auburn University Extension Service as a home agent in Marion

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Claude S. Woodson; brother, John Wesley Graham.
Mrs. Woodson is survived by a sister-in-law, Mary Helen Graham; nephews, John Wesley (Jennifer) Graham, Jr., Anthony Scott Graham (Jose N. Arreguin) and Paul Thomas (Evelyn) Graham; great nephews Andrew Julian Graham, Carl Thomas Graham, Samuel Taylor Graham, George Gonzalez Graham, Jack Martin Graham and Thomas Bowab Graham; great niece, Anne Cadman Graham; her husband’s children, Claude S Woodson, III, Annette Woodson Mitchell, and Emily Woodson Frank.

A graveside service will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Atmore at a later date.

The family requests tributes and memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Alabama Chapter Birmingham Office (2151 Highland Avenue #210; Birmingham, Alabama 35205).

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


Charles D Bryan 

Ret. Lt. Col. Charles D Bryan, age 90, of Mobile, Ala., passed away Saturday, Mary 18, 2019 at his home. He was born in McCulla, Ala. and served his country as a Marine in World War II and served in the Army for the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. He was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha. He also served his state as Deputy Commissioner of Prisons and served his church, Walnut Hill Baptist Church as a Deacon and other positions. He loved fishing with his brothers, witnessing to those in need; he loved to travel and was an avid reader keeping Tom Clancy on the top of the Best Seller list. He LOVED his Alabama Crimson Tide and above all he was a man of God.

Lt. Col. Bryan, the last surviving member from a large family of seven siblings, is survived by his wife of seventy-three years, Louise Strickland Bryan; two sons, Chuck Bryan (Bonnie) of Mobile and Ret. Lt. Col. Gary D. Bryan (Connie) of Las Vegas, Nev., (formerly of Pensacola, Fla.), four grandchildren, Charles L. (Julie) Bryan, Jr. of Fairhope Ala.; Layne Bryan (Aaron) of Abee Smithville, Texas; Lt. Col. Marcus (Tracie) Bryan of Pensacola, Fla. and Sara Bryan, Las Vega; seven great-grandchildren, Christopher, Haley and Alyssa Bryan all of Pensacola, Jackson and Thompson Bryan of Fairhope, Ala. and Conrad and Bella Abee of Smithville and his grand dogs.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Walnut Hill Baptist Church with interment at Walnut Hill Baptist Cemetery.

The family will have family viewing Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:30 and general public from noon until service time at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Skip Bryan, Danny Bryan, Steve Bryan, Brett Ward, Rob Faircloth and Wesley Foster.

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


Abbie Mae Fletcher

Mrs. Abbie Mae Fletcher, age 83, of Atmore, Ala., died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Atmore Community Hospital. Abbie was born June 4, 1935 in Atlanta, Ga. She lived most of her life in Irwin County, Ga. and Americus, Ga., but moved to Atmore seven years ago.

She was retired from Textron, Inc., an automotive parts manufacturer. She owned and operated the Hamburger Hut in Ocilla, Ga. for several years, earning regional acclaim, including a feature in Georgia magazine, for her cooking, especially her biscuits, dumplings and strawberry shortcake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William P. and Lucy Stephens Canter; by her siblings, Barbara Boyles, Patricia Armstrong and Billy Canter, and by her former husband, Bobby Fletcher.

Mrs. Fletcher is survived by a sister, Sherrall Clements of Jayess, Miss.; her children, Don Fletcher of Atmore, Carlton Fletcher of Albany, Ga. and Cathy Fletcher of Pensacola, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Claire Fletcher of Mobile, Ala., Steve Fletcher of Jasper, Ala., Jordan Cannon and Hannah Fletcher, both of Albany, Erin Spinks of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Laura, Daniel and Mark Fletcher of Leesburg, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Sam, Lillian and Amelia Fletcher of Jasper; a sister-in-law, Faye Canter of Enigma, Ga., and her closest friend, Daphine Peavy of Ocilla.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Fletcher, Randy Fulford, Randy Hancock, Robert Clements, Rusty Wynegar, Kevin Boyles, Huey Hess, Jimmy Steward, Sean Swetnam, Mike Gattis and Josh Clements.

A visitation will be held at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, 1322 S. Main St. in Atmore on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Family and her closest friends will gather at 5 p.m., and full visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m.

She will be buried on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Mount Paron Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, off Ga. Hwy. 129 in Berrien County, Ga. A pre-burial visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on that date at Paulk Funeral Home, 201 W. Fourth St., in Ocilla. Graveside services will follow, with pastors Trey Hess and Charles Stephens officiating.

Abbie loved roses, so the family asks that, in lieu of floral arrangement, those who attend the visitations bring a single rose with them or make a memorial donation to the charity of his or her choice.

Abbie was loved dearly and will be missed by all who knew her.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, INC. of Atmore and Paulk Funeral Home are sharing the arrangements.


James E. “Jimmy” Dukes, Jr. 

Bro. James E. “Jimmy” Dukes, Jr., age 72, of Daphne, Ala., passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Selma, Ala. to the late James E. Sr. and Virginia Sparks Dukes. He attended Auburn University and served in the Army National Guard. He owned and operated Good Works Construction Company for over thirty-nine years. He served as a pastor for Judson Baptist Church for over twenty-seven years and was currently the pastor at Spanish Trail Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bro. Dukes is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Rheada Luker Dukes of Daphne; one son, Jed (Cathy) Dukes of Atmore, Ala.; two daughters, Tara Brooks (Joe Lewis) and Shelley LaFever, all of Daphne; two sisters, Marty (Lacy) Weaver of Booneville, Ala.; Sissy (Greer) Horton of Brewton, Ala. and his brother Frank (Theresa) Dukes of Opelika, Ala.; five grandchildren, Dillon, Brady, Selina, Savannah, Blaze and three great-grandchildren, Zani, Zayden, Braylon, Sophia and Baylor.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10 a.m. at  Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Davis and Bro. Otis Thames officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Leo Luker, III, Jonathan Luker, Stevie Luker, Lacy Weaver, Joe Lewis, Brady Rolin and Pedro Dominguez.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Marvin Lewis Sanders

Mr. Marvin Lewis Sanders, age 79, of Bratt, Fla., passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Century, Fla. He was a Paper Maker with Plastic Coated Paper Company. He was born in Robinsonville, Ala. to the late A.D. and Maggieleen Marrow Sanders.  He was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ.

He was preceded by his parents and a daughter, Nelline Steel.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Rita Berry Sanders of Bratt; one son,

Michael Eric (Jill) Sanders of Bell, Fla.; two sisters, Louverne Starkie of  Century, Fla. and Mary Ethel Smith of Brewton, Ala.; two grandchildren, Richard Kyle (Myah) Sanders and Deborah Marie (Ryan) Moore; eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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


Samuel Edgar “Red” Killam 

Mr. Samuel Edgar “Red” Killam, age 92, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Century, Fla.

He was a native and life-long resident of Byrneville, Fla. He was self-employed as a farmer, enjoyed working with his cows and gardening. He was a veteran of WWII and was of the Assembly of God Faith. He worked with Smith Construction and was employed with Jack Smith as a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sibyl Killam; mother, Dora Lee Killam; father, Sam Killam and nephew, Bubba Hayles.

Mr. Killam is survived by his brother, John Elton (Betty) Killam of Byrneville; two sisters, Evelyn Killam of Byrneville and Earlene Hayles of Lottie, Ala; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Beulah Chapel Assembly of God Church with Bro. Tim Floyd officiating. Burial will follow at Beulah Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at Beulah Chapel Assembly of God Church.

Pallbearers will be Vic Killam, Vince Killam, Joey Killam, Kelby Killam, Blaine Waltman and Mike Beals.

Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold Burkett, Levon Little, Herman Armstrong, Charles Smith, Charles Steadham and Raymond Wiggins.

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


Eddie (Ed) Lee Thomas

Mr. Eddie (Ed) Lee Thomas, age 68, of Brewton, Ala., passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019. He was born in Castleberry, Ala. to the late Willie Thomas and Lois (Thomas) Brown. He attended Booker T. Washington and later obtained his GED and Certification for Fire Fighting and Prevention from Wolf Creek Job Corps Center in Glide, Ore. He later worked in the construction and landscaping industry. He also worked as a CAN at West Gate Village Nursing Home. He was a member of Second Saint Siloam Baptist Church serving as an usher.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Eddie Brown; brother, Raymond Thomas; brother-in-law, Melvin Hall; sister-in-law, Mary Thomas and niece, Lakesha Bizzell.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his two daughters, Nikita (Joseph) Buster, Gianna (William Hughes) Lucky; son, Christopher (April) Thomas of Brewton; brothers, Willie (Joanna) Thomas of Evergreen, Ala., Minister Morris Thomas; sisters, Linda Hall of Brewton, Clara Thomas (Henry) Sellers of Stockbridge, Ga.; step-brother, Leon (Mary) Stallworth of Brewton; aunt, Eula Cannon of Morrisville, N.C.; ten grandchildren, D’Angelo Thomas, Alexis Thomas, Omar Thomas, Daysha Thomas, Kameron Thomas, Carlos Thomas, Tia Guster, Zacharey and Zoe Lucky, all of Brewton and Isiah Lewis of El Paso, Texas; host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and two special childhood friends, Anel Prim and Carrie Parker.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Second Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Willie Blue, Pastor officiating. Interment followed at Pine Grove Cemetery, Brewton.

Pallbearers were D”Angelo Thomas, Carlos Thomas, Carlos Hall, La’Var Hodges, Kenneth Thomas, De’Vonte Johnson and Avery Thomas.

Flower bearers were his nieces and friends.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.


Vickey Elaine Goldthrip

Ms. Vickey Elaine Goldthrip, age 59, of Evergreen, Ala., passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019. She was born to the late Robert Leon Goldthrip and Maeola McCreary Goldthrip. She graduated with honors from Lyeffion High School in Evergreen; was a 1982 graduate of University of Alabama and post graduate work at Auburn University, Montgomery earning a Master’s in Business Administration. She worked with the State of Alabama in social work and several years for FEMA. She then set her sight on independent business ventures. In her later years, she became a full-time caregiver to her mother and sister with full support of her brother Michael and wife, Kristal. She joined Pleasant Grove AME Zion Church serving for many years as church representative for meetings both locally and regionally.

Ms. Goldthrip is survived by her brother Michael (Kristal) Goldthrip of Cartersville, Ga; aunts, Viola Armbrister of Brooklyn, N.Y., Delois Carlis and Arcola Leslie, all of Evergreen, Ala.; devoted cousins, Reginald Carlis, Frank and Jackie Leslie, Kenneth Leslie, Danita Armbrister, Christopher Carlis and Curtis Leslie; devoted friends, Mary Hawthorne, Helen Mosley and Ruby Phillippi along with a host of cousins, other relatives, classmates and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church No. 1, Peterman, Ala., with Pastor Whalen Oliver, officiating. Interment followed at Antioch Baptist Church No. l Cemetery.

Pallbearers and flower bearers were her cousins and friends.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Evergreen, Ala.


Paul M. Austin

Mr. Paul M. Austin, age 71, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Perdido, Ala. passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 in Baltimore.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced later by Turner Funeral Chapel.