Obituaries, week of February 21, 2024

Phillip Burke Victor, Sr.

Mr. Phillip Burke Victor, Sr.; age 69, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2024, in Flomaton, Ala. He resided most of his life in McDavid, Fla. and has lived the last five years in Flomaton. He attended Byrneville Community Church. He worked as a carpenter for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved playing music with a harmonica. He enjoyed spending time with his family and coaching softball.
He was preceded in death by his father, Karl Paul Victor; mother, Sarah Lou Long; one son, Phillip Victor, Jr; one brother, Jimmy Victor; three sisters, Faye Victor, Kathy Barlow, Alice Merchant and one grandson, Christian Blake Owens.

Mr. Victor is survived by his two daughters, Rachael (Keith) Johnston of Flomaton and Veronica Ann Knowling of Pace, Fla.; two brothers, Donnie Victor of Century, Fla. and Johnny Victor of Atmore, Ala.; one sister, Janie Criswell of McDavid; five grandchildren, Colin Owens, Jared Knowling, Phillip Randolph, Dakota (Kota) Lee, Abigail Grace Owens; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held Monday, February 19, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Christian Home Cemetery with Bro. Fred Stallworth officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Home Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday, February 19, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, LLC.

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

Joshua Brian Ellis

Mr. Joshua Brian Ellis, age 39, of Flomaton, Ala., passed away Saturday, February 10, 2024.  He was born to Eddie Pipkins Ellis and Nancy Capers Ellis.  He was a pipefitter helper with J & L Industrial.  

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Ellis is survived by his mother, Nancy Capers Ellis; his brother, Ace (Brandi) Ellis of Atmore, Ala.; his sisters, Kristy (Kristopher) Marshall of Oak Grove, Fla. and Carrie Ellis (Tommy Lewis) of Bratt, Fla.; eight nieces and nephews along with two great-nieces.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Dry Springs Cemetery in Enon, Fla.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 20, 2024 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Ellis Earl Lee

Mr. Ellis Earl Lee, age 87, of Poarch, Ala. passed away Monday, February 12, 2024. He was born in Atmore, Ala. and has been a lifelong resident of Poarch and the Atmore area. He proudly served in the United States Air Force and a proud member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He retired from the Space Center with many years of service. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and he loved his dog “Toby”.  He got a lot of enjoyment out of going fishing, camping, bowling and dancing. He enjoyed attending church, going on the senior trips with the Tribe and sitting back watching a good western.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee; mother, Madelyn Henson McCurdy and one daughter, Bonnie Rose Lee.

Mr. Lee is survived by his one daughter, Catherine (Gary) Schmidt of Setauket, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Jessy Aguilar, Marc Aguilar, Ashley Fisher, Robby Aguilar, Gary Schmidt, Jessica Schmidt; six great-grandchildren, Arianna, Leah, Gianna, Aurora, Genna, Liam; best friend, Danny King; other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held Monday, February 19, 2024, at 11 a.m. at First Pentecostal of McCullough with Rev. Alton Lister officiating.

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

Dan James Hadley

Mr. Dan James Hadley, age 78, of Perdido, Ala. passed away peacefully Monday, February 12, 2024. He was a was born, August 7, 1945, in Atmore, AL; and has been a lifelong resident of Perdido, AL. He was a long-time employee at Swift Lumber Company.

Mr. Hadley was an avid coon and deer hunter, that enjoyed farming. He was always willing to help anyone in need. William Raymond Godwin Willia William Raymond Godwin m Raymond Godwin

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dan Hadley and Thelma Hall; one brother, Josh Hadley; two sisters, Helen Mosley, Lottie Richardson; two nephews, Roy Dan Mosley, and Frankie Mosley.

Mr. Hadley is survived by his four nephews, Roy Mosley, Anthony Mosley, Billy Mosley, Kevin Lawson; two nieces, Dona Greek, Mattie Milstead; both of Bay Minette, AL; other relatives and friends.

William Raymond Godwin

Mr. William Raymond Godwin, age 81, passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his family in Stockton, Alabama. He was a native of Bratt, FL; spent most his life in Little River with his beloved wife and the past 15 years in Bay Minette. He was a pipefitter in construction with 45 years of service.

Mr. Godwin enjoyed spending time with his family and going out to eat with them. He loved to travel and fish.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Clyde (Myrtle Ledkins) Godwin; his beloved wife of 60 years, June Godwin; three brothers, Jr. Godwin, Kenneth Godwin, and Douglas Godwin.

Mr. Godwin is survived by his two sons, Jason Godwin, of Bay Minette, AL; William S. (Tammy) Godwin, of Little River, AL; two sisters, Ellen Lowery, of Atmore, AL; Judy Godwin, of Stockton, AL; one grandchild Emily Godwin of Little River, AL; two great-grand-children Raiden Risher and Emma Risher.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 12:00 PM at Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes, LLC with Rev. Cornelius Phillips officiating

Burial will follow at Mamie’s Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 11:00 PM until service time at 12:00 PM at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes, LLC.

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

Juanita Durr Smith 
Mrs. Juanita Durr Smith, age 97, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024, in Atmore, Ala., her home for over seventy years. A native of Caseyville, Miss., she graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. in social studies and an M.A. in counseling. She moved to Atmore in 1951.

Mrs. Smith and her late husband were among the original organizers of Atmore’s First Presbyterian Church in 1953. She was an active member of the local congregation and served a term as the District Presbyterian Women’s Group President.  Her teaching career in the Atmore area spanned 31 years, including two years at Ernest Ward High School in Walnut Hill, Fla. She spent twenty-nine years at Escambia County High School (E.C.H.S.) in Atmore, teaching American history; served as a guidance counselor; volunteered as the faculty sponsor of annual events such as homecoming, graduation, the Junior-Senior prom, and Atmore’s Junior Miss pageant. She retired from E.C.H.S. in 1982. In addition to her reputation as a fun and engaging educator, Mrs. Smith will long be remembered in the community for her generous sharing of roses that her late husband, a professional agronomist, grew in their gardens and for her floral arranging skills.

She also volunteered as a Pink Lady at the Atmore Community Hospital and served a term as the auxiliary president. In later life, she was active in the Atmore Garden Club and the Atmore Historical Society. She was a devoted and loving grandmother affectionately known by her family as “Nee.” 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Alma Durr; her husband of fifty-three years, Ralph L. Smith, Sr.; her sisters, Elmerita Durr Case and Maxine Durr Thompson; her brother, Benjamin Monroe Durr.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her beloved son, Ralph L. Smith, Jr. (Tammy) of Atmore and her beloved grandson, Ralph L. “Tray” Smith, III (Stephanie) of Washington, D.C.; her sister-in-law, Carolyn Durr of Kingwood, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Throughout her final years, she was exceptionally cared for by Robin Kidd and Dianne Leslie.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Atmore with Pastor David Todd officiating.

Mrs. Smith designated the following honorary Pall Bearers: Cereal Daniel, John James, Jim Johnson, Dr. Tommy Moore, Mickey Salter, Dr. Steve Shirley, Dr. Bill Smith, John Speirs, Mayor Jim Staff, Dr. Gene West, Andy Wilkins, and all former members of The Atmore Garden Club. 

Immediately following the service, a reception will be held in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Atmore First Presbyterian Church (208 E. Horner St., Atmore, Ala. 36502) and earmarked for the Juanita and Ralph Smith Memorial or to the charity of your choice.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc., in charge of all arrangements.

Catherin Lyons

Ms. Catherin Lyons of Atmore, Ala., passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 in Miller county Hospital in Colquitt, Ga.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced by Christian Memorial Funeral Home.

Eugene (Red) Nevlous, Sr.

Mr. Eugene (Red) Nevlous, Sr. of Evergreen Ala. passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Unity in Christ Outreach. Burial will follow in Milledgeville Cemetery.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.