Obituaries

Obituaries, week of May 31, 2023

Johnny Richard Lee

Mr. Johnny Richard Lee, age 69, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Saturday, May 20, 2023.  He was born on in Chicago, Ill. to Garrett and Edna Allen Lee.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Teresa Lee and his sister, Louise Ash.

Mr. Lee is survived by his son, Jonathon Lee of Ill.; his daughter, Renda Lee of Ill.; his companion, Rose McGhee; his sisters, Barbara Lee of Az, Rosie Jacomino of Fla. and Gail Trent of Ill.; his grandchildren, Dametrius Mitchell, Ashton Keeton, Audrey Lee and Alexis Jay and his future grandchild, Kyler Lee.

No formal services are scheduled.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Hazel G. Higdon

Mrs. Hazel G. Higdon, age 94, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Otis Higdon.

Mrs. Higdon is survived by her son, Ronald Otis Higdon (Margo) of Niceville, Fla. and two daughters, Karen Higdon Krienke (Allen) of Gadsden, Ala. and Kathy Jalon St. Clair (Albert) of Collinsville, Miss.;  two sisters, Joyce Esneul and Vivian Jennette Nall; seven grandchildren, William Higdon (Katie), Joseph Grant Higdon, Jeremiah Krienke (Samantha), Alyssa Krienke, Jessica Birt (Ethan), Jennifer Roberts (Joshua) and Joy St. Clair; four great-grandchildren, Chloe and Kaylan Higdon, Warren Krienke  and  Samuel Birt, and three more on the way.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Guyton Montgomery officiating.  Interment will follow in Robinsonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 26, 2023 from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore, Ala.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Atmore Church of Christ, 401 S Presley St, Atmore, AL 36502.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Garth Branch  

Mr. Samuel Garth Branch, age 98, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Sunday, May 21, 2023, very peacefully and surrounded by a number of his family with hands on him as he took his last breath. He was a member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church, a devout Christian serving as a deacon for many years. He served in the Army in 1945 and re-enlisted to serve in post WWII occupation of Japan as Sargent and chief jailer for Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. He held a variety of jobs and finally settled into a career balancing helicopter rotors at Pensacola Navy Base. He was an avid reader and scholar of the Bible. He enjoyed traveling, often convoying with other RV friends in their Suburban, pulling their Airstream Travel Trailer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel William (Martha) Branch, and one daughter, Deborah Branch Singleton.

Mr. Branch is survived by his loving wife of seventy-four years, Voncile Drew Branch of Atmore; one son, Dee (Donna) Branch, of Chireno, Texas; four grandsons, Travis Branch, Michael Branch, Kris Singleton, Will Singleton, and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel funeral Home, LLC. with Rev. Tim Tew officiating. Burial will follow at Serenity Garden Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, LLC.

Pallbearers will be Gary Hare, Joe Lane, Wesley Hughes, Rick Warren, John James and Hugh Long.

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

Tara Ann Bryan

Ms. Tara Ann Bryan, age 38, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2023. She was born in Foley, Ala. to Anthony Bryan of Atmore, Ala. and Lynn Dextras of Foley, Ala. She loved doing her makeup and hanging out with her friends. She would always start her conversations with “Well how have you been doing” and end them with “I love you”.

She is survived by her son, Cameran Bryan; her parents; her siblings, Brittany Bryan, Corey Bryan, Tiffany (Colton) Bowen, Ashton Nelson (Brady Rolin), Alexandria (Austin) Lassiter; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, LLC. with Bro. Tony Sells and Daphne Fretwell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, LLC.

Pallbearers will be Colton Bowen, Brady Rolin, Peter Earl Patterson, Chase Jaye, Joey Barber, and Kemariyuan McCaster.

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