Obituaries, week of March 13, 2024

Mary “Sue” Perry Johnson

Mrs. Mary “Sue” Perry Johnson, age 88, of Dacula, Ga. passed away Monday, March 4, 2024. She was born in McDonough, Ga. to George Robert Perry and Emma Grace Greer. She was a 1954 graduate of McDonough High School. She retired from Amoco Oil Company, as well as the Internal Revenue Service. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Dacula.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, William Ray Johnson and sister, Betty Grace Merritt. 

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her son, Darrell Ray Johnson of Dacula; brother, Robert Perry of Augusta, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, David and Charlene Perry of Snellville, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Millie and Bob Lunsford of Hoover, Ala., as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

Funeral services Honoring the Life of Sue will be held Friday, March 8, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel, 1322 S. Main St., Atmore, AL 36502. Interment will follow in Serenity Gardens of Atmore.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 8, 2024 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home of Atmore and Tom M. Wages Funeral Service of Lawrenceville are in charge of all arrangements.

Robert “Robbie” Lamar Henderson 

Mr. Robert “Robbie” Lamar Henderson, age 52, of Walnut Hill, Fla. passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 2, 2024. He was born in Century, Fla. to the late Lamar Henderson and Omar Helen Andrews Williams. He was a Radiographer Technologist with Monroe County Hospital. He was an amazing husband, doting father, great friend to everyone he knew. He touched the lives of so many throughout his years with his warmth, generosity and caring. He will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. While our hearts ache with his absence, we find solace in all the cherished memories we shared and the love that will forever remain in our hearts.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Christopher Henderson.

Mr. Henderson is survived by his wife, Scarlett Rodrigues Henderson; his father, William “Bill” Williams; his sons, Samuel Henderson of Birmingham, Ala. and Nick Rieth of Walnut Hill; his daughters, Emily Henderson (Caleb Therrell) of Walnut Hill, Serenah Wakeman of Pensacola, Fla. and Naomie Lawson of Atmore, Ala.; his brothers, Johnny Williams (Farris Wahbeh) of New York and Danny Henderson of Robertsdale, Ala.; his sister, Jeannette (Roy) Moye of Flomaton, Ala..

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Oak Grove, Fla. with Rev. Dennis Terry officiating followed by a gathering in the fellowship hall. 

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Henry James Lawson

Mr. Henry James Lawson, age 87, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2024 in Spanish Fort, Ala. He resided thirty years in Daphne, Ala. and the past five years in Spanish Fort. He retired as an Air Traffic Manager with the FFA with many years of service and proudly served in the United States Air Force for many years. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His favorite pass time was playing golf and other outdoor activities, but most importantly spending time with his family and friends. His love of airplanes began with his time in the air force and carried on throughout his career as he worked his way up from a radio operator, pilot, air traffic controller and finally retiring as an air traffic manager with the FFA.

He was preceded in death by his son, Henry James “Jim” Lawson, Jr.; parents, Henry Jefferson Lawson and Bernice Cahoon Stewart; two sisters, Darla Miles and Burneda Williams.

Mr. Lawson is survived by his loving wife of over sixty-five years, Joyce Lawson of Spanish Fort, Ala.; daughter, Wendy (Jay) Spence of Spanish fort; two sisters, Jefferene Foster and Joy Rich; two grandchildren, Emily Lawson Daly and Kayla Carn; two great-grandchildren, Karlie and Jamesson Carn; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Daphne, Ala. with Bishop, Bret Berthelson officiating. Burial will follow at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 2 p.m. with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 11 a.m. until service time at Noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Daphne, Ala.

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

William Carl Madison


Mr. William Carl Madison, age 93, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away Sunday, March 3, 2024.  He was a veteran having served in the US Army during the Korean War. He lived a long and fulfilled life where there was hardly ever a dull moment. As a very successful high school football coach he was a legend in his own time. He had a career record of 326-129-7, won five state titles, a USA Today National title, National Coach of the Year, inductee into FHSAA Hall Fame, inductee into the FHSAA Coaches Hall of Fame, many other personal and team awards and honors, and the subject of the published book “The Chief”.

Although Carl earned many personal and team accolades, he was most proud of the success that his former players and assistant coaches created in their lives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace; father, TW Madison; mother, Vivian Madison Williamson; brother, Charles Madison; mother of his children, Rachel Bricken Madison and other beloved family members.

Mr. Madison is survived by his daughter, Becky Madison Boglione; two sons, Mark Madison (Janet) and Sky Madison (Cathy); two step-daughters, Carla Rich (Russ Hardin) and Catherine Halvorson (Brian); step-son, Charles Lemley (Charlotte); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; very many special friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 11, 2024 at 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 800 East Nine Mile Rd., Pensacola, Fla.

Pallbearers were Mike Bennett, Ronnie Douglas, Erik Hector, Keith Leonard, Paul Madison and Jerry Pollard.

The family received friends Monday, March 11, 2024 at Hillcrest Baptist Church from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel, 3351 Scenic Highway In charge of all arrangements.

Kathryn Sue Russell Hadley

Mrs. Kathryn Sue Russell Hadley, age 87, of Atmore, Ala. passed away Sunday, March 10, 2024 in Brewton, Al. She was the daughter of the late Bill and Helen Russell of Bay Minette, Ala. She was a 1954 graduate of Baldwin County High School and earned her Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Troy State University. She taught GED classes, college prep classes as well as post college prep classes in order to pass her college entrance exams. Her career was in education, working as secretary to the Dean of Education and to the President as well. During her career, she also taught on and off campus. She retired in 2001 from the Houston, Texas Windom Prison Facility.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arion “Little Boy” Hadley; her sons, John Alan “Johnny” Hadley and Robert Marion “Bobby” Hadley; her sister, Miriam “Bootsie” Russell; her brother-in-law, Marion “Big Boy” Hadley; father-in-law, John W. Hadley; her sisters-in-law, Marie Hadley Byrd and Mildred Hall and her great-grandson, Robert Everett “Rhett” Hadley.

Mrs. Hadley is survived by her son, Jimmy (Cathy) Hadley; her grandchildren, Robert Shane (Jessica) Hadley, Valisa Lee (Matthew) Lambert and Alece Hadley; her step-grandchildren, D.J. Hunter and Tiffany Kelley; her great-grandchildren, Nevaeh Hadley, Ashley Wilson, Jonathan Dunigan and Brandon Wolf; her step-great-grandchild, Crimson Davis and her great-great-grandson, Dalton Hadley.

Graveside services will be held Friday, March 15, 2024 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Atmore. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Jermel Blanchard Portis

Mr. Jermel Blanchard Portis, age 45 of Atmore, Ala., passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2024. He was born to the late Blanchard Portis and Isolene Portis in New Orleans, La. He was owner of Portis and Son Lawn Service. He relocated to New York to live with his sister Angie after his mother relocated to Alabama. He appreciated the opportunity to deepen his relationship with his sister through good and bad times. He attended Antioch Baptist Church. He was employed at Home Depot.

He was preceded in death by his father; sisters, Evelyn Portis and Patricia Portis; brother-in-law, Charles Newton; grandparents; four uncles and a special cousin, Sabrina Watts.

Mr. Portis is survived by his mother, Isolene Portis; four sisters, Angelina Ridgeway, Tarita Newton, Wanda Williams and Sandra (Fred) Hines; seven aunts, Fannie Rivers, Gracie Gant, Elaine Minor, Hertel Boyd, Louise (James Bradley, Brenda Portis; two uncles, Liston (Connie) Portis, Odell (Marva) Smith; special niece, Chanel graves; special cousin/brother, Eric Banks and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 2 p.m. at Christian Memorial Funeral Home with Rev., Gregory Sanders, Eulogist. Interment was held in Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers and flower attendants were his family and friends.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.