Obituaries, week of June 28, 2023

Martha Ann Howington Thomas


Mrs. Martha Ann Howington Thomas, age 80, of Daphne, Ala., passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2023. She was born in Birmingham, Ala. to the late Otis Samuel Howington and Robbie McRae Redus Howington. She was a graduate of Century High School. She was a skilled seamstress, especially of beautiful dresses for her daughters and granddaughters, and was gifted in gardening and cultivating beautiful flowers.

A follower of Christ who was always active in her church and its ministries, she passed along a legacy of faith to Rhonda and Jennifer. She was an active member of the community and was involved in a variety of social clubs from garden club to bridge groups, from Red Hats Society to golfing groups

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Robert (Bob) Howington and Bill Howington and her daughter, Rhonda Brantley.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by her devoted husband of sixty-two years, Charles Thomas; her daughter, Jennifer (Kelly) Drew; her son-in-law, Mike (Janice) Brantley; her grandchildren, Shelley (Ryan) Rasinen, Jaime (Bruce) Smith, Joseph (Kasey) Drew and Stacey (Stefan) Wolf and her nine great-grandchildren; her Doodlebugs as she affectionately called them.  

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home in Daphne, Ala.

A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. at Jubilee Memorial Gardens on Hwy 181 in Daphne.  

Memorial donations in memory of Martha can be made to Christ Wesleyan Church in Daphne.

Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Daphne, Ala.

Edison “Ed” Hayles

Mr. Edison “Ed” Hayles, age 94, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2023, at his home in Atmore, Ala. He was a resident of Atmore most of his life. He was an iron worker for many years, and was a member of the Iron Workers Union Local # 387. He enjoyed fishing, doing carpenter work, and building different things. He enjoyed farming, raising livestock, and growing a vegetable garden. He loved traveling, especially going to the mountains and seeing the different parts of the country. He enjoyed playing the guitar, he was well known as The Meat Skin Man for his good meat skins. He was an avid storyteller, and always had to stay busy doing something.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley (Arlie Shipp) Hayles; two wives, Maereen Hayles and Frances B. Hayles; one son, Norman Hayles; three brothers, Marvin Hayles, Eubie Hayles, Thomas Hayles; four sisters, Ollie Mae Stafford, Helen Colbert, Litha Freeman and Lula Mae Parker.

Mr. Hayles is survived by one daughter, Gaye King, of Atmore; four grandchildren, Jody Hayles, of Jackson, Ga., Robert Hayles, of Franklin, NC; Justin Taylor, of Albuquerque, NM; Jonathan Taylor, of Mobile, AL; nine great-grandchildren, McKenzie Hayles, Jessie Hayles, Jackson Hayles, Sarah Hayles, Maggie Hayles, Jonathan Taylor, Jr; Selby Taylor, Henry Taylor, Will Taylor, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Gabe Holloway officiating. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 27, 2023 from 1p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, LLC .

Pallbearers will be Robbie Hayles, James Wesley Colbert, Matthew Hayles, Jonathan Taylor, Jonathan Taylor, Jr; and Wayne Colbert.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Lee Davis and Jack Mitchell.

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

Melanie Ann Hardy

Melanie Ann Hardy, a resident of Dallas, TX was born on April 18, 1969 in Atmore, Alabama, the youngest child of Leslie and Florence Hardy.  She passed peacefully on June 24, 2023 after a brief hospital stay following an accidental fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

Melanie is preceded in death by her father, Leslie Hardy.

Melanie is survived by her life partner, Shayne Johnson, her mother, Florence Hardy of Atmore, brothers Jody (Renee, children Ben/Jamie, Emily/Clay, Robert/Lena) and Billy (Vicki, daughters Jill/Bo, Kelly/Tony) of Atmore, and sister Bobbie Mack (daughter Jessi/Joseph) of Cantonment, and 11 great nieces/nephews who she loved dearly.

One of Melanie’s earliest sports loves was football – her favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the Auburn Tigers.  As a student at Escambia Academy, she excelled at basketball and academics.  She attended the University of West Florida on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a degree in Accounting.  Shortly after graduation from UWF, she moved to Texas to further her career in accounting.  In 2008, Melanie started White Sands Sales Tax Consulting and continued her work with sales and use tax accounting clients.  Melanie has always been a passionate Auburn University (War Eagle!) sports fan and thanks to Shayne, Melanie also became an avid Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) fan.

As witnessed by the name of her company, Melanie loved the beach, especially Pensacola Beach which she visited whenever she came “home”.  No stop at the beach was complete without a detour to Peg Leg Pete’s.  Whether it was snow-skiing at Lake Tahoe or playing with friends and family at the lake house (Richland Chambers Reservoir, Streetman, TX), Melanie was a fun and gracious hostess sharing the fruits of her hard work.

It was Melanie’s desire to be an organ donor, and her family was pleased to see her wishes accomplished. Hopefully someday in the future, a recipient will share their story of healing thanks to Melanie’s final gift of life.  A celebration of life gathering will be held for the family at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Melanie’s name to one or more of the following organizations:  We Are Family Senior Care Services, P. O. Box 1342, Atmore, AL 36504, SPCA of Texas (, or Gulf Coast Kid’s House (

Jackie Marie Lambert

Ms. Jackie Marie Lambert, age 66, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2023 in Century, Fla. She has lived most of her life in Century. She was a member of Abundant Life Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed going to church where she was active in the Women’s Ministry and going on a trip to Israel .She loved baking cakes for the church and quilting. She enjoyed her visits with her sister sitting around outside, and always had to have her ‘Foo Foo” on.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mancel (Ruby Lee Morris) Tedder and one sister-in law, Deborah Mikki Tedder.

Ms. Lambert is survived by her two daughters, Tonya Lambert of Jay, Fla. and Robin Lambert of Brewton, Ala.; three brothers, Mancel Ray Tedder of Brewton, Rickey (Tina) Tedder of Century and Kenny (Lisa) Tedder of Jay; one sister, Tina Money of Port St. Joe, Fla.; six grandchildren, Michael Dalton Lambeth, Cheyenne LaKota Watson, Breanna C m “Dejay” Pugh, Jr; two great-grandchildren, Harper Lambeth, Roman Lambeth; two special friends, Sharon Black, Wanda Joiner  and other relatives.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God with Rev. Rickey Tedder and Rev. Joey Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Byrneville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 29, 2023 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church. 

Pallbearers will be Dalton Lambeth, Devin Lambeth, Dejay Pugh, Rickey Tedder, Dillon Tedder, and Aaron Money.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Tedder, and Ray Tedder.

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

Marsha Corley Green

Ms. Marsha Corley Green, age 76, of Walnut Hill, Fla., passed away Friday, June 23, 2023 in Pensacola, Fla. She was born to William Harrison Henry Corley and Yvonne Turk Corley. She was a member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.  She was a Plant Nursery Manager and enjoyed working in the nursery most of her life.  

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ms. Green is survived by her son, William “Bart” Green of Bratt, Fla.; her daughters, Rachel Pickett of Bratt and Kimberley Starker of Killeen, Texas; her sisters, Margaret Jackson, Patricia Dortch and Beverly Corley; nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ted Bridges officiating.  

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 29, 2023 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help with funeral expenses.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Nicholas J. Burnette

Mr.Nicholas J. Burnette of Bay Minette, Ala. passed away Sunday, June 18, 2023 at Bay Scotts Hospital.

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

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Raenajai Lanea Smith

Ms. Raenajai Lanea Smith, age 24, of Evergreen, Ala., passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2023. She was born in Boston, Mass. To Shekema Smith and Gregory Smith, Jr. She was a 2020 graduate of Hillcrest High School. She was a member of Unity in Christ Outreach Ministries, Inc. She struggled with her mental health throughout her life. She loved sneakers, music, to draw. Her smile would light up the room.

Ms. Smith is survived by two children, Aakya Keyonna Smith and Armani Kamir Brant; five siblings, Tasia Smith, Cequa Smith (Santae Thompson), Lakiya Smith, Gregory Smith and Jerem Stallworth; loving grandmother, Renee Walker; aunt Janay Walker; seven nieces, Cali Smith, Takii Hutcinson, Vegas Smith, India Hutchinson, Sade Dilmorth, Jersey Smith and Kay Loni.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 24, 2023 at Christian Memorial Chapel with Pastor Wayne Nevious Sr., officiating Internment followed at Nordon memorial Gardens, Evergreen.

Pallbearers were her family and friends.

Flower Bearers were her cousins

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

Edwin Wayne Smith


Mr. Edwin Wayne Smith, age 64, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Friday, June 23, 2023. He was a security officer with Wind Creek Casino. He served in the United States Navy.

He was preceded by his father, Garland Smith.

Mr. Smith is survived by his mother, Myrtle Todd Smith of Uriah, Ala; four daughters, Celestina Yabut, Donna Smith and Alexia Smith, all of Atmore and Bianca Womack of Monroeville, Ala.; four brothers, Robert Smith, Earl Smith, John Smith and Ian Smith; two sisters, Angie Motes and Melody Smith; seven grandchildren, Cole Webb, Zoe Webb, A J Webb, Jaden Womack, Brett Womack, Ava Womack, and Everleigh Smith.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Johnson Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Monroeville, Ala.