Obituaries, week of May 29, 2024

Dennis Wayne Sheets

Mr. Dennis Wayne Sheets, age 63, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2024 in Mobile, Ala.  He was born in Pensacola, Fla. and later in life moved to Charleston, S.C. He has resided in Frisco City, Ala. the past nine years. He was a proud member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He was a sheetrock finisher for many years. He enjoyed playing video games. His favorite past-time was hunting and fishing. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Connie (Imogene Walker) Sheets; grandparents, Treacy McGhee and Willis McGhee.

Mr. Sheets is survived by one son, Daniel Wayne Sheets of Frisco City, Ala.; four brothers, Michael Sheets of Seattle, Wash.; Everett Sheets and William Daniel (Renee) Sheets, all of Atmore, Ala.; Tommy (Pam) Sheets of Flomaton, Ala.; one sister, Angela Sheets (James) Long of Elberta, Ala.; two grandchildren, Seth Sheets and Trey Sheets; one great-granddaughter, Anaiah Grace Sheets; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Graveside and burial services will be held Sunday, May 26, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Judson Creek Indian Cemetery with Rev. Joe White officiating.

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

Verle M. Peters

Mr. Verle M. Peters, age 87, of Davisville, Fla., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2024 at his residence one month before his eighty-eighth birthday. He was born to Francis Peters and Anna B Mininger Peters in Ithaca, Mich. At age ten his family moved to Walnut Hill, Fla. He was educated at Ernest Ward School, where he worked with his father on a dairy farm. He continued his education at Ernest Ward School. At age 12, he accepted the Lord as his personal Saviour and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite by his father, Minister Francis Peters. He remained faithful to these vows until his death.
He answered the call to the ministry and was ordained on February 1, 1967, at the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church. He loved the church and served faithfully for many years. Several new congregations also called him pastor as he willingly served as their non-resident minister. In 2004, he and his wife moved their membership to the new Southern Harbor Mennonite Church in Davisville.

Daddy had an outgoing and generous nature with sparkly blue eyes and a ready smile. We loved his humor and his love for life. He thoroughly enjoyed his ice cream, popcorn, and seafood. Dad was a rock for us children and had solid advice when we needed it. We loved to hear Daddy pray and we were often told that he prayed for us children and grandchildren every day. He was lovingly called “Papa” by his grandchildren and many others. Through the years, Dad and Mom opened their hearts and home to a number of girls who became part of the family. In later years, Erik Olson and his son, Michael, joined us also.

Mr. Peters is survived by his loving wife, Vesta; four daughters and one son, Diane and Hank Kaufmann, Dean Peters, all of Davisville, Joan and Terry Hibner, of Fountain Run, Ky., Anita and Harlan Hibner of Ithaca and Gloria and Brian Rolin, McDavid, Fla.; twenty-three grandchildren and thirty-nine great-grandchildren; many cousins, nieces and nephews; Erik and Renae Olson; special girls, Becky and Barry Kaufmann: Elizabeth and Jason Nikkel: Samantha, Elizabeth’s daughter; Valarie and Roger Swarey; and Angela and Ben Nichols; five siblings, Wilbert and Imo Peters, Beatrice Riggs, Louise and Abe Ensz, Lois and William Eicher and Kathleen and John Wenger.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; two daughters, Darlene Kay and Barbara Lou; two great-grandchildren; one brother; fourteen brothers-in-law; and ten sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 10:30 AM at Southern Harbor Mennonite Church.
Pallbearers will be Wade Kaufmann, Rusty Kaufmann, Eric Hibner, Dylan Peters, Gabriel Beachy and Sidney Rolin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Donavon Kaufmann, Judson Hibner, Charles Hibner, Derek Peters, Kevin Rolin and Michael Olson.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 29, 2024 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Southern Harbor Mennonite Church.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.