Obituaries week of September 20, 2023

Marion McGhee

Mr. Marion McGhee, age 71, passed away Monday, September 11, 2023, in Atmore, Ala. He was a lifelong resident of Poarch, Ala. He was a member of Friendly Holiness Church and a proud member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He was employed with the City of Atmore for fifteen years, cleaning and beautifying the streets. He was an avid Alabama Football Fan and enjoyed playing his guitar and writing music. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, going fishing and sitting around watching a good western.

He was preceded in death by his father, Obie Lee McGhee; mother, Zollie Mae McGhee; one brother, Aaron McGhee and one sister, Geraldine McGhee.

Mr. McGhee is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Janet McGhee of Poarch; three daughters, Melissa McGhee of St. Louis, Mo., Amber (Ronald) Boone of Atmore and Keena (Jason) Countryman of Poarch; three brothers, Odell (Yvette) McGhee of Poarch, Melvin “Bo” (Robin) McGhee of Uriah, Ala. and Delbert (Paula) McGhee of Haines City, Fla.; three sisters, Brenda Sue (Terry) Hupp of Middleburg, Fla., Brenda Lee of  Eagle Lake, Fla. and Linda (Steve) Parrish of Winter Haven, Fla.; fifteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held Friday, September 15, 2023, at 3 p.m. at Friendly Holiness Church with Rev. Ray Ward and Rev. Dale Aplin officiating.  Burial  followed at New Home Cemetery.

The family received friends Thursday, September 14, 2023 from 6 p.m. until service time Friday at 3 p.m. at Friendly Holiness Church.

Pallbearers were Jacob McGhee, Drake McGhee, Treygan McGhee, A J Crenshaw, Joshua Countryman, Troy Ross, Tyson Jackson, and Brayden Jackson.

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

Claudia Burkett Powell

Ms. Claudia Burkett Powell, age 76, of Bay Minette, Ala. passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2023.  She was born in Davisville, Fla. to Comer Eugene Burkett and Lela Bruce Burkett.  

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Tommy Burkett, Johnny Burkett, James Burkett and Cindy Burkett.

Ms. Powell is survived by her children, Roger (Shelley) Scott, Cynthia Scott and Sherry Scott; her brothers, Gene Burkett, Wayne Burkett, Mike Burkett, and Floyd Burkett; her sisters, Ruby Sanspree, Frances Godwin and Shirley Boatwright; her grandchildren, Jessyka (Tali), David (Whitney), Bookie (Crystal), Whitney, Matt (Savannah), Courtney, Tamaria, Summer (Scott), Shawn (Katelyn), Anthony, Jace, Zack, Holly (Bobby) Ethan and Devin along with thirty-one great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Hadley and Bro. Steve Hadley officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Atmore.

Active pallbearers will be Shawn Ramer, Anthony Ramer, Zack Daniels, Jace Daniels, Matthew Scott and Michael Burkett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Courtland Scott, Bryson Scott, Bookie Scott and David Scott.

The family will receive friends Monday, September 18, 2023 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. 

Charles Edward Hubert

Mr. Charles Edward Hubert, age 67, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2023 at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Ala. He was born to the late Walter Hubert/Herbert and Juanita Williams Hubert-King (Marvin Lester King). A native of Whistler aka Prichard, Ala., he relocated to Sacramento, Calif. and resided in San Francisco, Calif. before relocating to Robertsdale, Baldwin, Ala.

He was the grandson of Percy (Henry Lelar Belle Ross) Hubert/Herbert of Garland/Georgiana, Butler, Ala. and James Theautry “Autry” (Aline Knight) Williams of Finchburg, Monroe, Ala., and longtime resident of Atmore (Freemanville community) Escambia, Ala.; great-grandson of Edward “Ed” (Ella Maye) Herbert, Henry (Salena Ballard) Ross of Butler Co., Ala. and Edmond “Eddie” (Queen Ester “Victoria” Knight) Williams; Willie (Pearlie Mae Locke) Knight of Chunchula, Mobile, co., Ala. by way of Finchburg, Monroe Co., Ala.

Mr. Hubert is survived by his siblings, Ozelle L. Hubert, Sr., Nora M. Hubert-Crawford (Robert T. Crawford, Jr.), Margaret L. Hubert-Moore and Helen D. Fegan-Robinson.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. at Williams Family Cemetery, Jack Springs Rd., Freemanville Community.

Turner Funeral Chapel in charge of all arrangements.

Connie Louise Gibson

Mrs. Connie Louise Gibson, age 68, of Pensacola, Fla. passed away Saturday, September 16, 2023. She was born in Atmore, Ala., to the late David and Ruby White. She was a retired self-employed business woman who extended her love and support to many.

She was preceded in death by her father, David White and her mother, Ruby White (Presley) both of Atmore; by her brothers, Russell White and Paul White, all of Atmore and her grandson, Dylan Covey of Madison, Ala. 

Mrs. Gibson is survived by her loving husband, Joseph Gibson of Pensacola; her son, Ashley Dupree and her grandson, Kagen Dupree, both of Pensacola; great-grandchildren, Indie Rose Spagnuolo, also of Pensacola and Adeline Marie Covey of Madiso; her sisters, Francine Wilson (Norman) of Atmore, Nancy Pace (Joe) of Murphy, N. C., Marsha Wright and Judy Wallace (Otto) both of Pensacola; her brothers, David White, Ricky White, Wendell White, Tony White, and Terry White (Sherry), all of Atmore.

Celebration of life will be held Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Noon at Hosey Presley Cemetery in Nokomis, Ala. with Bro. Don Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Hosey Presley Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home. 

Pallbearers will be Johnathan White, Thomas White, Chad White, Justin Godwin, Daniel White and Travis White. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Wilson, Derek Wilson, Steve White and Riley White.  Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

James Glenn Barrow

The Rev. James Glenn Barrow, age 75, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at his longtime home in Bay Minette, Ala. after a 28-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was an ordained United Methodist minister and longtime co-owner of Furniture Mart, his family’s business of nearly a half century. He enjoyed his Auburn Tigers and his St. Louis Cardinals. He was born in Pensacola, Fla. to Ralph Eugene and Kathleen Stephens Barrow. He was a 1965 graduate of Murphy High School, Mobile, Ala. and a 1968 graduate of Auburn University. He served in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam, service the U.S. Congress has recognized as a presumptive cause of Parkinson’s for veterans who spent time in combat zones poisoned by Agent Orange. He graduated from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology with a Master of Divinity, conferred in 1977. He was a voracious reader and lifelong learner, scouring his impressive library until the final months of his life when he physically could no longer hold a book and turn a page. The cruelties of a neurological ailment diminished Jim physically. But never did Parkinson’s break his gentle spirit. He lived from his healthy youth to his last breath with a generosity and grace rooted in boundless empathy.

As an ordained deacon and then elder, he served appointments across the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church: The Wedowee Circuit (Ava, Green’s Chapel, Bear Creek and Midway), 1976-77; Trinity (Tuscaloosa), associate minister, 1977-78; East Lake (Birmingham), associate minister, 1978-1981; Saks, 1981-85; DeArmanville, 1985-1988; Calera, 1988-91. After assuming his role at Furniture Mart, he served Perdido United Methodist Church in Baldwin County from 1996 to 2000. At various points in his ministry, he served in the Kairos prison ministry and as a Stephen Minister, counseling and visiting others suffering from various conditions even as he dealt with his own.

Rev. Morrow is survived by his wife, Carol Jean; two sons and daughters-in-law, John Andrew Barrow (Paige Eubanks) of Baton Rouge, La. and William Jacob (Bill) Barrow (Michelle Krupa) of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandsons, Nathaniel Wesley, James Whitney and Zachary Joseph; two brothers, Michael Dean (Jane) of Wayland, Mass. and Ralph Owens (Linda) of Durham, N.C.; most special caregiver “Miss DeeDee” many other devoted nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws.

The family did greet mourners for a visitation and wake Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at the Family Life Center fellowship hall of First Methodist Church of Bay Minette from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at First United Methodist Church of Atmore, with the Revs. Jay Cooper and Andy Gartman officiating. Burial followed at Fort Crawford Cemetery in East Brewton, Ala.

Pallbearers were Willie Marshall, George Moorer, Don Flowers, Casey Flowers, Steve Christenberry, Aldo Edwards and Josh Brandon.

In lieu of flowers, the family directs those who wish to honor Jim to the following: the Parkinson’s Foundation; UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief; or the Reverend James Glenn Barrow Alumni Endowed Student Scholarship at Auburn University.

Norris Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Bay Minette, Ala.

Patricia Ann Peavy Foster 

Ms. Patricia Ann Peavy Foster, age 66, of Lansing, Mich., passed away Thursday, August 31, 2023. She was born in Atmore, Ala. to the late Willie James Peavy and Mary Alice Peavy. She was employed at General Motors Company for thirty-years and served over eighteen years as a caregiver. She was a faithful member of All Nations Christian Church for twenty five years. She was kind and very generous to her family and those in need. She was an extraordinary woman of God.

She was preceded in death by her father; her sister, Tawaka Peavy; two brothers, Nathaniel Peavy and Willie Earl Peavy.

Ms. Foster is survived by her mother; devoted companion, Dr. Arthur Foster of Lansing; two sons, Antonio Peavy of Phoenix, Ariz. And Terrance (Melissa Bean of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one daughter, Sarai Embaye of Houston, Texas; one brother, Rickey (ArthaRee) Peavy of Bay Minette, Ala.; six sisters, Linda Brooks of Atmore, Lisa (Bobby) McGinnis of Perdue Hill., Ala., Edna (Pastor Bruce) Hooks of Bay Minette, Ala., Kathy Peavy, Jennifer Peavy and Shelia Peavy, all of Atmore; sister-in-law, Mary Thompson Peavy of Minneapolis, Minn.; a bonus sister, Pastor Mary America of Atmore; grandchildren, Labriana Peavy, Mykyla Peavy, Andreus Peavy, Jayden Bean, Tommie Willet, Olivia Bean, Andrinah Bean, Shaiklyn Curtis, Gabriel Bean, Asher Bean, London Embaye and Broderick Embaye and Broderick Embaye; three step-children, Keyonie (Patrick) James, Tammy (Terry) Wells and Douglas Foster, Sr.; six step-grandchildren, Eula Mlay, Bella Mlay, Olivia Wells, Aneka Foster, Douglas Foster, Jr. and Darwyn Foster; great-grandchildren, Braylen Peavy and Julian Diaz; one step-great-Grandson, Malachi Foster; hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

The family received friends Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Emmanuel’s Faith Ce3nter.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bruce D. Hooks officiating at Emmanuel’s Faith Center. Interment followed at Stallworth Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Skylar King, Corterell McGinnis, Bruce Hooks, Jr., James Brooks, David Kyles and Timmy Kyles.

Flower bearers, Nieces and cousins.

Dignity Memorial Gorsline Runeiman Tiffany Chapel, Lansing, Mich. and Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

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