2006-01-19 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries

Pugh

Chandra Denise Davis Pugh, 41, of Jackson died Jan. 7, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

She was born Oct. 26, 1964. She was a native of Leroy. She was a member of the St. Union Baptist Church of Leroy. She was a graduate of Leroy High School Class of 1982. She was employed at Huntsman Advanced Materials in McIntosh.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Dewayne Pugh, Jackson; two sons, Elliot Pugh, Austin Nash Pugh, both of Jackson; one daughter, Delisa C. Pugh, Jackson; parents, Edd and Rebecca Davis, Leroy; three brothers, Thomas Davis, Jackson, Cedric Davis, Stan Davis, both of Leroy; one sister, Angela D. Baker, Memphis, Tenn.; grandmothers, Arnetta Chaney and Nellrie Davis, both of Leroy.

The service was Jan. 12 at noon at the St. Union Baptist Church of Leroy. Burial was in the St. Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.

Rankin

Flora Rivers Rankin, 76, of Gainestown died Jan. 11, 2006 at her residence.

She was born Oct. 23, 1929. She was a member of the Rodger Temple A.O.H. Church of God in Gainestown where she served as the mother of the church.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie Rankin, Gainestown; four sons, Eddie J. Rankin, Sammie L. Rankin, Mack A. Rankin, all of Oakland, Calif., Samuel L. Rankin, Gainestown; seven daughters, Mary L. Robinson, Sellastenn Foxx, Wrena Martin, Gainestown, Bessie R. Rodgers, Margaret Rankin, both of Oakland, Calif., Mattie M. Law, Coffeeville, Jaqueline E. Bryant, Walker Springs; four brothers, Hoover Rivers, Jackson, Spencer Rivers, Alma, Chester Rivers, McIntosh, Jessie Rivers, Hollis, N.Y.; five sisters, Doris Hunt, Gainestown, Irene Pogue, Saraland, Lelia McCants, Barlow Bend, Betty James, Eleanor Rivers, both of Hollis, N.Y.; 39 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren.

The service will be Thursday, (today), Jan. 19 with viewing to begin at 10 a.m. and the service will be at 11 a.m. at the Rodger Temple A.O.H. Church of God in Gainestown. Burial will follow in the Rodger Temple A.O.H. Church of God Cemetery. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home will direct.

Robinson

Adeline Robinson, 103, of Leroy died Jan. 4, 2006 at USA Medical Center in Mobile.

She was born April 30, 1902. She was a native of Sunflower. She was a member of the St. Union Missionary Baptist Church of Leroy.

Survivors include three sons, Johnnie L. Robinson, Charles Robinson, both of Leroy, Johnnie M. Martin, Mobile; one daughter, Janie Davis, Leroy; one adopted daughter, Jo Ann Gladney, Leroy; 16 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 50 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. at the St. Union Missionary Baptist Church of Leroy. Burial was in the St. Union Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.

Williams

Emma Louise Anderson Williams, 42, of Alma died Jan. 11, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

She was born July 17, 1953. She was a member of the Star Zion A.M.E. Church of Jackson.

Survivors include her husband, Austin Williams, Alma; one son, Kevin House, Auburn; two daughters, Tina Hunt, Alma, Sarah Abston, St. Stephens; one adopted daughter, Teandra Hunt, Alma; four brothers, David Anderson, Lester Anderson, both of Jackson, Johnny Anderson, Leroy Martin Jr., both of Montgomery; one sister, Addie Kimbell, Jackson; nine grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 14 at Star Zion A.M.E. Church of Jackson. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Jackson. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.

Finney

Evins “Shields” Finney Sr., 68, of Whatley died Jan. 14, 2006 at Mobile hospital.

He was born Jan. 1, 1938. He was a member of the Amity Baptist Church in Whatley. He was a retired self-employed mechanic and owned a service station in Grove Hill. He was a volunteer fireman for Grove Hill. He also served as Santa Claus every Christmas season for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia “June” Bush Finney, Whatley; two sons, Shields (Sharon) Finney Jr., Scyrene, Shannon Lee (Kelli Ann) Finney, Whatley; five daughters, Cecilia (Doug) Trammel, Camden, Sandi (Dave) Stolzle, Sweet Water, Shelia (Larry) Wheat, Mexia, Cathy (Buddy) Hughes, Grove Hill, Karen (Boyd) Turnbow, Arcola, Ill.; five brothers, Sam Finney, Wynn, Rev. Ray Finney, Moulton, Miss., Lem Finney, Grove Hill, Rev. Dan Finney, Millport, Van Finney, Jackson; two sisters, Betty Walker, Walker Springs, Nora Flowers, Wynn; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Finney and Minnie Lou Poole Finney and one daughter, Margaret Ogle.

The service was Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at Amity Baptist Church. Burial was in the Amity Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill directed.

Stokley

Janie Bell Stokley, 71, of the Pleasant Grove community near Coffeeville died Jan. 4, 2006 in a Mobile hospital.

She was born April 4, 1934. She was a native of Coffeeville. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and the Coffeeville Chapter of Eastern Star. She was a retired mental health worker with the Thomasville Adult Adjustment Center.

Survivors include two sons, Albert (Paula) Stokley, Silas, Dewey P. (Jody) Stokley, Jackson; three daughters, Dorothy (Roy) Payne, Rising Fawn, Ga., Christa (Rick) Crooks, Deatsville, Leesa (Laurie) Roberts, Coffeeville; one brother, C.P. McIntyre, Coffeeville; two sisters, Bessie Lee Gibbs, Coffeeville, Lois Baugh, Wetumpka; mother-in-law, Cora Lee Stokley, Silas; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Revs. Gene Long and Mike Malloy officiating. Burial was in the Griffin Chapel Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Active pallbearers were Jimmy McIntyre, Steve Roberts, Nathan Donald, Alvin McIntyre, Jonathan Rayborn and Bobby Glen Stokley.

Honorary pallbearers were Chris Hudson, Randy Robinson, Bubba Wilkerson, Dewayne Wilkerson, Matt Rayborn, Brent Rayborn, Ron Lee and Terry Reed.

Champion

Phillip Lloyd Champion Sr., 53, of Thomasville died Jan. 10, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

He was born Dec. 21, 1952 in Selma. He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church. He was employed at Weyerhaeuser in Pine Hill.

Survivors include his wife, Mabel Jean Champion, Thomasville; his mother, Doris Mae Champion, Thomasville; two sons, Phillip Lloyd Champion Jr., Fulton, Damon Heath Champion, Thomasville; two daughters, Felicia Diane Champion, Creola, Crystal Dawn Champion, Thomasville; one brother, Alton Danny Champion, Millers Ferry; one sister, Rita Champion Hayes, Lasca; four grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church with Rev. Don Stephens officiating. Burial was in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville. O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Randy Estes, Randy Bouler, Buck Loftis, Dale Stephens, Shannon Tucker and Tommy Walker.

Honorary pallbearers were James Loftis, Joey Tourne and Glenn Harvell.

Chapman

Cecil S. “Jack” Chapman, 81, of Grove Hill died Jan. 11, 2006 at his residence.

He was born April 15, 1924 in Selma. He was a member of the Grove Hill United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the 8th Army Air Force as a radar operator. He attended the University of Alabama. He later was owner of the O.K. Service Station and White’s Auto Store in Grove Hill. He enjoyed flying and was a Ham operator for years.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice “Bea” Gates Chapman, Grove Hill; two daughters, Joy C. (Willie) Welch, Jackie C. (Wayne) Garrick, both of Grove Hill; one sister, Hattie Bush Chapman, Grove Hill; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death his parents, Cecil and Hattie Bush Chapman, a daughter, Jane Dyess and a sister, Carolyn C. Dickinson.

The service was Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. at Grove Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry May officiating. Burial was in the Grove Hill Cemetery. O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grove Hill United Methodist Church.

Active pallbearers were Jason Garrick, Jeremy Welch, Jeff Garrick, Bobby Dickinson, Clay Dickinson, Frank Noble, Brad Cockerham and Barry Hoven.

Honorary pallbearers were Southern Care Hospice.

Garrick

James Linuel Garrick, 74, of Dickinson died Jan. 8, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Nov. 26, 1931. He was a veteran of the United States Army and the Immediate Past Commander of Post 5106 of The Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a retired saw operator at Scotch Lumber Company.

Survivors include his wife, Reba Garrick, Dickinson; two sons, Gary L. Garrick, Randy L. Garrick, both of Dickinson; one daughter, Shirley Garrick Cooper, Seguin, Texas; one brother, David “Little Buddy” Garrick, Jackson; three sisters, Eloise G. Tucker, Cantonment, Fla., Dorothy G. Hollinghead, Crestview, Fla., Lula Mae G. White, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bobby J. Garrick.

The service was Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Faircloth officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville. O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Frank Robinson, Gary Garrick Jr., Benny Ray Stephens, Edward Bradford, Ed Parrish and Dennis Drinkard.

Honorary pallbearers were VFW Post 5106, Noah Morgan, John Bradford, Don Bolton, Phillip Walker and Luther Parden.

Pugh

Jerry Owens Pugh, 81, of Thomasville died Jan. 13, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center.

He was born March 22, 1924 in Morvin. He was a member of the Elam Baptist Church. He was World War II Army veteran. He was retired from the City of Thomasville Street Department.

Survivors include two sons, Richard O. Pugh, Thomasville, Jimmy Ray Pugh, Dixons Mills; two daughters, Virginia Hatfield, LaFollette, Tenn., Francene Champion, Arlington; two brothers, John Pugh, Curtis Pugh, both of Thomasville; one sister, Lorena Reid, Thomasville; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Elam Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Walker officiating. Burial was in the Elam Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville. O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Richard O. Pugh Jr., Anthony F. Pugh, Patrick A. Pugh, Ed Huggins, Dale Jordan and Larry Joe Rotton.

Stephens

Grady D. Stephens, 92, of Thomasville died Jan. 13, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 24, 1913 in Grove Hill.

He worked all of his life as a row crop and cattle farmer.

Survivors include several cousins.

A graveside service was Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Henley Cemetery in Fulton with Rev. Ron Giles officiating. O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home directed.

Mitchell

Alfred Mitchell, 85, of Fulton died Jan. 8, 2006.

He was born July 1, 1920 to the late Alphonsa and Margaret Mitchell Sr. He was a well-known hard working, law-abiding citizen who loved to fish.

Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Mitchell, Jackson, Geraldine Kennedy, Thomasville; one brother, Alphonsa Mitchell Jr., Illinois; two sisters, Mattie Duff, Marjorie Lipscomb, both of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a devoted nephew, Ernest Mitchell, Brent; a close friend, Lewis Brown, Fulton; and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.

The service was Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Reese Funeral Home with Rev. David Russell officiating. Burial was in the Lanes Chapel Cemetery in Lower Peach Tree.

Active pallbearers were family and friends.

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