Obituaries, week of January 3, 2021

Frances Harrelson Baggett

Mrs. Frances Harrelson Baggett, age 84, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Monday, December 21, 2020. She was born in Red Level, Ala. to the late Grady Harrelson and Kathleen Glidwell.  She retired with over twenty seven years of experience as a manager with Wind Creek Casino and Smoke Shop.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leon Baggett and her son, Wayne Harris.

Mrs. Baggett is survived by her sons, Michael (Sandy) Harris of Gaithersburg, Md. and David (Shelle Walters) Harris of Canoe, Ala.; her daughters-in-law, Lora, Sandy, Shelle, Sue Ann, Cindi and Annette; her brothers, Jerry Harrelson, Benny Harrelson and Melvin Harrelson; her grandchildren, Michael Harris, Jacob Harris, Taylor O’Neil and Brittany McElroy and her great- grandchildren, Will McElroy and Henry Harris.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Sylvia Diane Barlow Elkins (Doll Baby)


Doll entered this world on March 17, 1949. Born to Walter and Bessie Barlow in Nokomis, Florida, she was number 15 of 19 children.

As a child, she attended Davis School in Davisville, Fla. and Earnest Ward in Walnut Hill, Fla..  Being one who was called by her Daddy as his “China Doll” because of her beauty, the name stuck and still today is lovingly known as Doll.

She went on to marry Terry Elkins and birthed two daughters Erica (Donald) Little of Atmore, Ala and Kimberly (Rodney) Johnson of Perdido, Ala. The children really didn’t stop there as every one of their friends adopted her as their mother also calling her “Mom”. 

She has a host of nieces and nephews (of course she did, with 18 siblings!) and her close friend Peggy Moore of New Castle, Ky. had eight children who adopted her as their aunt also. She went by the name of Diane, who in a child language sounded like Di-nan. From that came the nickname Nanny. The name stuck when the grandchildren started to come along.

Grandchildren : Joshua Husband of Atmore, AL; Meredith (Mark) Morrow of Perdido, AL;  Joseph (Whitney) Husband of Atmore, AL; Paul Lawson Jr of Foley, AL; and Matthew Lawson of LaGrange, KY.  With the second marriage of Erica, she was able to gain another grandchild Kerven (Casey) Little of Pensacola, FL. Her grandchildren’s friends, like her children’s friends, adopted her as their Nanny also. So there are many “adopted” grandchildren not mentioned here.

Great grandchildren in birth order include Keegan Little of Pensacola, FL; Naomie Lawson of McDavid, FL; Mark Jr, Mia, and Marie Morrow of Perdido, AL; and Zayne Lawson of Foley, AL.

After living in KY for over 30 years, she retired and moved back to her hometown of Atmore, AL where she was a member of Nokomis Baptist Church.

Her passions aside from spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren involved gardening. She often tended to her vegetable garden and multiple fruit trees and flower beds. In the yard was where she felt at peace. Now, as of New Year’s Eve, her peace is found in the arms of her Lord and Savior.

Proceeded in death by her parents and 11 siblings.

Mrs. Elkins is survived by her husband of 56 years, two daughters, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and seven siblings: Walter “Tobe” (Bobbie) Barlow Jr of Shepherd, TX; Margaret Ann (Larson) Bryars of Perdido, AL; Judy Rathsack of Atmore, AL; Donald Barlow of Nokomis, FL; Frank “Dunky” (Shirley) Barlow of Nokomis, AL; Debbie Barlow of Nokomis, FL; Theresa “Reese” Barlow of Atmore, AL; and a special Sister-in-law Jackie Barlow of New Caney, TX.

Johnson Quimby will be in charge of arrangements. Visitation and funeral service will be held at Johnson Quimby Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday January 5th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2020 at 10 a.m. Her pastor James Hill will be officiating the service. The burial is to follow the service at Serenity Gardens in Atmore, Ala.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ilda Ruth Harrell


Mrs. Ilda Ruth Harrell, age 81, of Flomaton, Ala., passed away Friday, December 31, 2020, at her home. She was a native of Owassa, Ala., and a life-long member of the Flomaton community. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, Nana and nurse for sixty years. She had a servant’s heart and was community minded. Mrs. Harrell was a member of the Flomaton Lion’s Club, Escambia County Health Care Authority, Nursing Hall of Fame at the University of Alabama, and was on D.W. McMillan’s Hospital Board. She had been the Director of Alabama Public Health for Nursing in Montgomery, Ala. She received numerous state, local, and national awards for her service to her community and caring for others. She was a member of Assembly of God Church in Atmore, Ala. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Marcus Jackson O’Gwynn. 

Mrs. Harrell is survived by her husband of sixty years, Johnny Harrell of Flomaton; brother, Bob Traweek of Houston, Texas; sister, Jo (David) Nolin of Flomaton; niece, JoLynn (Gordon) Godwin of Atmore; nephew, Dave (Regina) Nolin of Flomaton; great nephew, Nolin Godwin of Atmore.

Services will be held by Mrs. Harrell’s family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Harrell’s memory to the Flomaton Lion’s Club for a nursing scholarship to be awarded to a Leo, Flomaton High School Senior, at Flomaton Lion’s Club P.O. Box 194 Flomaton, AL 36441.

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Flomaton Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Gregory Lee Wiggins


Mr. Gregory Lee Wiggins, age 63, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Friday, January 1, 2021. He was born in Atmore, Ala. to the late Oliver “A.C.” and Carolyn Steele Wiggins. He was a retired Chemical Engineer and a member of Mennonite Christian Fellowship. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nok Wiggins; and his brother, Michael Wiggins. 

Mr. Wiggins is survived by his daughter, Narisa Wiggins (Casey) Freeman of Atmore, and his sisters, Olivia (Franklin “Runt”) Bryan of Atmore, Peggy (Freddie) Hobbs, Jane (Holly) Bell, all of Atmore; Sue (Jerry “Buck”) Sells of Poarch, Ala. and Beth (Bob) Berry of Texas.

No formal services will be held.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Stanley B. Quimby


Mr. Stanley B. Quimby, age 69, of Brewton, Ala., passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021. He was born in Donaldsonville, Ga. to the late Walter and Ruby Burke Quimby. He was a retired Assistant Principal with Escambia County Middle School and a member of Catawba Springs Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sandra Lovelace Quimby. 

Mr. Quimby is survived by his wife, Pam Hambrick Quimby of Brewton; his children, Ben Quimby (Brett Floyd), David Quimby, Joey Quimby, all of Atmore, Ala.; Matthew Quimby (Ambre Kelly) of Mobile, Ala.; Jon (Heidi) Quimby of Alexandria, Va.; and Kaitlyn Hambrick of Rome, Ga.; his sister, Peggy (Donald Ray) Weaver of Atmore; his grandchildren, Jonathan and Brooke Quimby; and several nieces, nephews, family and friends. 

A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at McCullough Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Edwards officiating.  

Flowers will be accepted but donations can be made to The Gideon’s International. 

For the safety of all, social distancing and a facial mask are strongly encouraged.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Alfreda James

Mr. Alfreda James, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Princeton Baptist Hospital, Birmingham Ala.

Funeral services are incomplete at this time but will be announced later by Christian Memorial Funeral Chapel.

Willie Bullard

Mr. Willie Bullard, of Evergreen, Ala., passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Evergreen Medical Center.

Funeral services are incomplete at this time but will be announced later by Christian Memorial Funeral Chapel.

Nora F. Johnson

Nora F. Johnson, of Brewton, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Pensacola, Fla.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Baptist Hill Cemetery, Brewton.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.