Obituaries, week of July 6, 2022

Nancy Grissett Davis

Mrs. Nancy Grissett Davis, age 77, of Barnett Crossroads, Ala., passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in Barnett Crossroads to William Edward “Bill” and Mary Odom Grissett. She was a member of New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Order of Eastern Star and The Order of the Amaranth. She worked as a Healthcare Administrative Assistant at Fountain Prison.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-six years, MacArthur Davis; her son, Darren O’Neal Davis; her parents, William “Bill” and Mary Grissett and her brother and sister-in-love, William “Colvin” and Mary Joyner Grissett.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her daughter, Pam (David) Cousins; her granddaughters, Danyell Davis, Courtney Hope Davis, Haley Nichole Davis and Shelby Rhea Cousins; her great-grandson, Kyllo O’Neal Davis; her sister, Mary Emma (George) Morgan; her brother, Jerry Grissett; caregiver and friend, Donna Leavins and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 1, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Tedder officiating.  Interment will follow at New Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Barnett Crossroads.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore, Ala.

Pallbearers will be her nephews and great nephews, Jeff Tidwell, Edward Tidwell, Danny Grissett, Ricky Grissett, Eddie Grissett, Randy Grissett, Scott Grissett, William Tidwell, Andy Faircloth, Robert Grissett, Kevin Grissett, Jeremiah Grissett, Caleb Grissett, Shane Grissett, Ryan Grissett, Will Grissett and Lane Grissett.

Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces and great nieces, Connie Lingenfelter, Amy Grissett Dean, Rachel Lee, Rebecca Lamarand, Kasey Lingenfelter, Emily Tidwell, Haili Tidwell, Mary Tidwell, Georgia Tidwell, Kuiana Laye, Laura Gorum, Caitlan Gindl, Mary Joyner Dean and Ashley Grissett.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Lee “Bunny” Whatley 

Mrs. Joyce Lee “Bunny” Whatley, age 80, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022 in Mobile, Ala.  She was born in Booneville, Ala. to Bill and Ethel Holmes Roberson.  She was a Licensed Practical Nurse. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Boyce Wayne Whatley; her second husband, Richard Marvis “Teak” Taylor and her brother, Mack Robinson.

Mrs. Whatley is survived by her sons, Randal (Paula) Whatley of McCullough, Ala. and Rodney (Carrie) Whatley of Pensacola, .; her brother, Coley Robinson of Miss. and three grandchildren,  Russell Whatley, Wiley Whatley and Herzog Whatley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow at McCullough Cemetery in McCullough.

Active pallbearers will be Randal Whatley, Rodney Whatley, Paul Hinton, Sonny Strength, Charlie Wilson and Eric Hall.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 2, 2022 from 9 a.m. until service time at 10 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Katie Ruth Montgomery Grant

Mrs. Katie Ruth Montgomery Grant, age 74, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Friday, June 17, 2022. She was born in Conecuh County, Castleberry, Ala. to Houston and Emma Montgomery.

She was a proud graduate of Conecuh County Training School. She was a retiree of Vanity Fair and a faithful and devoted member of New Order Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Elder Sidney Grant, Sr.

Mrs. Grant is survived by four children, Tracy (Charles) Williams, Sidney (Nicole) Grant, Jr., Jemeka (Steven) Johnson and Latoric (Avis) Grant; grandchildren, Dontae (Tranise) McNeal, Christopher and Destiny Williams, Ezra an Josiah Grant, Savon Bayne, DeAsia and Dreon Johnson, Reginald and Reginique Chesterfield and JaQuan Floyd; siblings, Retha Mae McKnight, Annie (Joe) Rudolph, Delores Montgomery, Houston Montgomery, Mary Montgomery and Willie (Marie) Montgomery; brothers-in-law, David (Odessa) Grant and Donald (Ruby) Grant; special friends, Dr. Monroe and Nora Tucker, Jr., and Riley Dashwood and Nancy Riley and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 24, 2002 at 11 a.m. at New Order Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Sidney Grant, Jr., Pastor and Eulogist. Interment followed in the Grant Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers were brothers, nephews and cousins.

Floral attendants were her nieces and cousins.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Annie D. Miller

Ms. Annie D. Miller, age 82, of Sanford, Fla., passed away Monday, June 13, 2022. She was born in Atmore, Ala., to Edgar Sr. and Sara Jane Ankum. She was a 1959 graduate of Escambia County Training School. She was a licensed Cosmetologist but her passion was fostering children while living in Iowa. Those children were her babies. She later moved to Sanford where she was a member of Word Truth Ministries and served on the Mother’s Board. She was part of a quilting and knitting group who made baby clothing for the Pediatric Hospitals in Orlando, Fla. She loved to cook with her favorite dish being “Collards”. She was an avid gardener.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dempsey Miller, Sr.; brothers, Edgar Ankum, Jr. and Willie Clem Ankum.

Ms. Miller is survived by seven children, Melvie Ann Miller, Angelia Ankum, Cynthia Miller, all of Atmore, Dempsey (Ida) Miller of Apopka, Fla., Gregory Miller of Davenport, Ia., Delinda Miller of Decatur, Ala. and Rodney Miller of Sanford; two loving sons she cherished as her own, Dempsey Miller III (Pookie) and Justin Miller; eleven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Lucy Roberts, Johnnie Mae Johnson (Buck), Robert Ankum (Sara), Carolyn Pettaway, Sara Jane Grant, Mickey Ankum (Jewel) and Lucille Ankum-Wiggins (Charles); a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews as well as countless cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Faith Center with Bishop Wayne Johnson, Pastor and Eulogist. Interment followed in Lucious Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael McNeal, Jimmy Lee Jr. iii, Jordan Davis, Cortez Miller, Jeremy Lee, Devonte Lee and Demetrion Barnes.

Flower bearers were family and friends.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Rodwell Heath Salter


Mr. Rodwell H. Salter, age 79, resident of Pace, Fla., passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2022 after a period of declining health. He was born in Kinston, Ala. to the late Bernie Edwin Salter and Jutilda Kimbro Salter. Growing up in Atmore, Ala. began his work career with a paper route for the Mobile Press Register delivering papers.

He worked at Greenlawn Pharmacy. While in school, he always had a job and bought his own cars and clothes and was a good role model for his two younger brothers, Mathew and Mickey. After high school, he worked at Chemstrand until he joined the Army in 1965 and served honorably for two years. After Rod’s military service he returned to work at Chemstrand. While working full-time, he continued his education by attending the University of West Florida. With his busy work/ school schedule he still found time to coach little league t-ball when his son was younger. He retired from Solutia after 30+ years of service as an electrician.

During his retirement, Rod enjoyed golfing, attending Auburn Tiger football games, watching westerns, and puttering around in the yard. He was friendly and accepting to anyone he met. His wit and humor always left a smile on your face. He was kind and generous and never had an unkind word for anyone.

Mr. Salter is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Sally; children, John (Rhonda) and Vera (William), and step-daughter Susan (Gary); grandchildren, Saleyna, Olivia, Abigail, Jessica, and Justin and great-grandchildren Grady, Jordan, and Addy.

A graveside service will be held at Springhill Cemetery in Flomaton, Ala. Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 10 a.m. Donations in Rod’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North in charge of all arrangements. Cantonment, Fla.

Daniel O’Cain Sr.
Mr. Daniel O’Cain Sr., age 93, passed away, Friday, June 24, 2022 at home. He was born in Wallace, Ala. He was educated in Escambia County, Ala. He retired from Monsanta (Chemstrand) and started a Lawn Care Business until his health failed. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.

The most important moment in his life began when he dedicated his life to Jehovah God through water baptism in 1965. He was an avid bible reader, rising early to read at dawn. He and his wife spent many years in the full-time ministry and he served as an elder in the Atmore congregation. He lived for Jehovah, had love for all and a smile that made all this evidence.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Pearl Bryant O’Cain; first wife, Doris O’Cain; two sons, Daniel O’Cain Jr. and David O’Cain; one daughter, Sandra O’Cain Mitchell; three brothers, Joe “Buddy” O’Cain, Johnny O’Cain and Nathaniel O’Cain; two sisters, Marie Butler and Zelma Moorer.

Mr. O’Cain is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Annie O’Cain; two sons, Larry O’Cain of Bonifay, Fla., Shawn (Morale) O’Cain of Atlanta, Ga.;; two daughters, Jacqulyn O’Cain of Century, Fla. and Shelia O’Cain of Pensacola, Fla.; three step-sons, Bobby (Josie) Choate of Brandon, Fla., Darrlyn (Angela) Choate and Marvin Choate, all of Miami, Fla.; one step-daughter, Crystal Choate, of Atmore, Ala.; one brother, Willie O’Cain, of Va.; one sister, Georgia Lambert of Mobile, Ala.; twenty-six grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving spiritual family.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 16, 2022, at 4 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Atmore, Ala.

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

David Merle Taylor

Rev. David Merle Taylor, age 92, of Atmore, Ala. passed away Friday, July 1, 2022 in Atmore, Ala. He was born in Brewton, Ala. to the late James Lewis Taylor and Annie Lou Bell Taylor. He served in the United States Air Force and was a retired machine maintenance worker at Vanity Fair. He was a member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church and served many years as an ordained minister with the Southern Baptist Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marilyn Peebles and Helen Campbell.

Rev. Taylor is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Doris Ruth Peacock Taylor of Atmore; one daughter, Karen (Tony) Thomas of Stanley Crossroads, Ala.; grandson, David (Rheanna) Thomas and one great-grandson, William Thomas.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. Tim Tew and Bro. Jerry Peebles officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 5, 2022 from 1p.m. until service time at 2 p. m. at Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Brooks Memorial Baptist Church or Gideons International.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.        

Wince Nelson, Jr.   

Mr. Wince Nelson, Jr., age 88, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

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

Barbara J Castle 


Ms. Barbara J Castle, age 78, passed away Monday, June 27, 2022 surrounded by her beloved family. She was known by her family and close friends as “Jeannie” or “BJ”. She was born to Robert (Roscoe) and Lois Manning. She was a long-time resident of Chickasaw and Mobile, Ala. She received her Associate degree in Nursing from Southwest State Technical College. She was an LPN nurse for over 25 years at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center and Saad’s Home Health. She then received her real estate license and was a licensed realtor for nearly 10 years. She loved bowling, dancing, her dog, Bridget, and was an avid Elvis Presley fan. She was known for her lack of patience and appreciated her privacy

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Ronald Franklin and two grandsons, Dylan Tews and Timothy Nelson. 

Ms. Castle is survived by her siblings, Gordon Manning, Charles (Theresa) Manning, Linda Franklin; her children, Davona (Randy) Nelson, Kimberly Gordon, Ashley (Tom) Tews, Kenneth “Greg” (Ambre) Castle; fourteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and her beloved friend, Mary Brown. 

The family held a private grave side service in Atmore, Ala. at McCullough Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life in Atmore Tuesday, July 5, 2022. 

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc in charge of all arrangement

Ginger Lee McMullen Moore


Mrs. Ginger Lee McMullen Moore, age 83, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022. She was born in Flomaton, Ala. to WC and Wiloneze McMullen. She attended Atmore High School and worked at the Bank of Atmore in her teens. She attended Pensacola Junior College and Florida State University. She was a nurturer of people sharing her knowledge and support to others in a myriad of ways throughout her life, much of them focused on nature, history, and culture. From coordinating the Elderhostel program for University of West Florida and co-founding the Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association, to creating the Bar Talk lecture series at the Pensacola Country Club at the age of 78, she constantly sought to learn and share. She also actively served her community beyond her personal interests, serving as an Elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church, a member and State Officer of the Junior League, commissioner of the Pensacola Housing Authority, Board of the Pensacola State College Foundation including serving two years as chair of the Annual Fund campaign. She was recognized in 2017 by having the first PSC Alumni Endowed Scholarship established in her name.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kay Bryan.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her loving husband of fifty-eight years, Edward; her three devoted children, Hayley Gossett (Lewis), Robin Moore (Jenny) and Jennifer Scherer (Scott); her adoring eight grandchildren, Katherine Dunnagan (Seth), Mattison Gossett (Amy), Grayson Gossett, Caroline Gossett, Celia Moore, Corinne Moore, Macy Scherer and Colton Scherer; her great-grandchildren, Ford and Cooper Dunnagan; two sisters, Sara Fountain (William) and Phyllis Smith as well as her brother, Joe McMullen and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service in celebration of her life was held Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church. A reception followed.

Memorial contributions can be made in loving memory of Ginger to Pensacola State College Foundation for the Ginger McMullen Moore Endowed Scholarship or to The Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association.

Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel in charge of all arrangements. Pensacola, Fla. For more detailed obituary, see;

Carlie Felder

Carlie Felder, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022 at her home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.