2006-01-26 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries

Day

Mary Hannon Day, 62, of Walker Springs died Jan. 21, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

She was a graduate of Harper High School.

Survivors include her mother, Helen Hannon, Walker Springs; two brothers, Melvin Hannon, Walker Springs, Robert Hannon Jr., Manila; two sisters, Betty Arient, Walker Springs, Patricia Robinson, Jackson.

Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral hour at the St. Luke Baptist Church in Walker Springs. Burial will follow in the Hotel Hill Cemetery in Walker Springs. Jackson Memorial Funeral will direct.

Howard

Nathaniel Howard Jr., 83, of Grove Hill died Jan. 21, 2006 at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital

He was born June 24, 1918. He was a member of the Indian Ridge Missionary Baptist Church of Whatley where he served as a deacon. He was a member of the Keep Time Masonic Lodge No. 270 of Whatley.

Survivors include one son, Luther Howard, Canton, Ohio; four daughters, Rosie Howard, Thersa Ambrose, both of Grove Hill, Yvonne Taylor, Bewton, Alean Howard, Worcester, Ma.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral hour sat the Indian Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Whatley. Burial will follow in the Indian Ridge Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home will direct.

Smith

Annie Mary Smith, 61, of Millry died Jan. 4, 2006 at Washington County Infirmary Hospital in Chatom.

She was born Sept. 29, 1944. She was a member of King Chapel Baptist of Yarbo where she served as president of the usher board and president of the missionary society.

Survivors include her husband, Hugh Smith, Millry; four sons, Keith L. Johnson, Haron W. Smith, Recardo J. Smith, all of Yarbo, Hugh Smith Jr., Meridian, Miss.; one daughter, Loretta Cooley, Meridian, Miss; three brothers, Raymond Young, Mobile, Thomas Young, Barryton, Ill., Ernest Young, Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters, Lillie V. Woodyard, Prichard, Fannie Young, Eloise Wilson, both of Chicago, Ill., Marie Smith, Toddtown; four grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 11 at the King Chapel Baptist of Yarbo. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery in Millry. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.

Allen

Oscar Errington Allen, 82, of Jackson died Jan. 20, 2006 at a Mobile hospital.

He was born Nov. 3, 1923. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson. He was a member of the Santa Fe Masonic Lodge #225. He was a veteran of foreign war surviving the Normandy Beach invasion and earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was retired from Boise Paper Mill where he worked in the maintenance department.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Allen, Wagarville, Grover Allen, Jackson; one brother, Bernard Allen, Chickasaw; one sister, Maxine Parnell, Thomasville; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Allen and son, Steve Allen.

The service was Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home. Burial was at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Jackson. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Active pallbearers were Douglas Parnell, Rayford Parnell, Mike Allen, Fred Allen, Dale Matthews and Bill Colvin.

Etheredge

Annie Lee Etheredge, 79, of Leroy died Jan. 20, 2006 at a local hospital.

She was born April 5, 1926. She was a member of the Leroy Baptist Church. She was retired from Greer’s Food Store where she worked in the meat department.

Survivors include two sons, Murray Etheredge, Gene Etheredge, Kenneth Etheredge, all of Leroy; one brother, Russell Allday, Leroy; two sisters, Lena Wilson, Leroy, Eunice Odom, Mobile; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Benton (Ben) Etheredge and son, Wayne Etheredge.

The service was Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial was in the Old Leroy Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were her grandsons, Ben Etheredge, John Murray Etheredge, Stuart Etheredge, Kane Etheredge, and nephews, Mike Nash and Dennis Etheredge.

Richardson

Walter Woodrow Richardson, 91, of Leroy died Jan. 22, 2006 at his residence.

He was born May 8, 1914. He was well-known for his farming operation in Leroy. He was a member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation, Washington County Cattleman’s Association and the United Methodist Men’s Club. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his son, Walter Rodney “Rod” Richardson, Leroy; three daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Stokes, Annette Roberts, both of Leroy, Nancy Calderone, Semmes; one brother, Verne Richardson, Gastonburg; three sisters, Zeola Busby, Myrtle Smith, Ann Caulk, all of Mobile; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove Methodist Church in Leroy. Burial was in the Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Wilson

Mary Ellen Wilson, 85, of Grove Hill died Jan. 21, 2006 at an area hospital.

She was born Jan. 17, 1921. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Grove Hill. She was a clerk for the Clarke County Tax Collector for many years.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda (Ray) Harrell, Grove Hill, Lyda (Tim) Williamson, Gosport, Laine (Bryan Jr.) Bolen, Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her father, Horrie Fails and her mother, Robbie Chapman Fails.

The service was Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Grove Hill with Rev. Jerry May officiating. Burial was in the Magnolia Lawn Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill directed.

Active pallbearers were Scott Williamson, Bryant Bolen III, Robbie Bolen, Mark Harrell, Jim Dunagan and Gary Stalvey.

Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Pritchett, Laurie Pritchett, Carolyn Frowner, Betty Jean Thomas, Carolyn Nobles, John Gaddis, Don Duke, Reba Jones, Vickie Fayrd, Kossie Powell, Willie Welch, Tommy Kidd and Tiffany Alford.

York

Eunice Boyd York, 88, of Little Rock, Ark. died Jan. 18, 2006 at Hospice Homecare in Little Rock.

She was born Feb. 22, 1917. She was a native of Montgomery and former resident of Grove Hill. She was a member of Grove Hill United Methodist Church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Grove Hill United Methodist Church Library Committee.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Ann Grooms, Birmingham, Julie Pruet, Little Rock, Ark.; two grandchildren, Bryan Pruet, Wilmington, DE and Brannon Pruet of Aurora, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Brinkley M. Boyd and Caroline Eunice Rogers Boyd and husband, Merwin Brannon York.

A graveside service will be Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Pineville Cemetery in Monoreville. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill will direct.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home at P.O. Box 830, 1712 Broad St., Selma, AL or Hospice of your choice.

Courtney

Willie Clyde Courtney, 76, of Thomasville died Jan. 20, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 29, 1929 in Lower Peach Tree. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. He was a Korean War Army veteran. He was retired as a heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Courtney, Thomasville; three sons, James M. Courtney, Craig Courtney, both of Thomasville, Carey Courtney, Montgomery; one daughter, Karen Courtney Hill, Thomasville; one brother, William “Bill” Courtney, Adger; three sisters, Rubye Fendley, Fulton, Geneva Ott, Thomasville, Marie Swindle, Selma; four grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 23 at 2 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 Mack Baugh, Cecil McKinley, Glenn Snyder, James Haskew, Roy Martin and James Edmonds.

Gaddy

Earl Gaddy Jr., 65, of Thomasville died Jan. 17, 2006 at Jackson Health Care Facility.

He was born May 30, 1940 in Thomasville. He was a former teacher and mental health worker.

Survivors include his mother, Lillie Faye Gaddy Rutledge, Thomasville; one son, Kenneth Gaddy, Mobile; one daughter, Michelle Mohammed, Citronelle; one brother, Johnny Gaddy, Thomasville; one sister, Doris Lombardi, Miller Place, N.Y.

The service was Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. H. Grady Goodman officiating. Burial was in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were Joe Wilkerson, John C. Gaddy, Jerry Harvell, Parish Westbrook, Clyde Gaddy and Elga Goodman.

Honorary pallbearers were Harold Wilkerson, Bill Wilkerson, Virgle Goodman and Lloyd Gaddy.

Lawson

Emett Junior “Catfish” Lawson, 81, of Grove Hill died Jan. 19, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 12, 1925 in Luka, Miss. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Thomasville. He was a former burner with the Alabama Ship Yards. He was a World War II Army veteran.

Survivors include three sons, Emett Wayne Lawson, Grove Hill, Jackie Dwight Lawson, Malcolm Jeffrey Lawson, both of Jackson; four daughters, Mary Angela Spiers, Dora Darlene Lawson, Sylvia Ann Lawson Yeager, all of Jackson, Brenda Lawson Williams, Lower Peach Tree; one brother, James Lawson, Birmingham; 27 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. Hal Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Satsuma Cemetery. O’Bryant Chapel of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Timmy Bates, Shane Williams, David Williams, Jeffery Williams, Samuel Spiers and Wymon Lawson.

Honorary pallbearers were Malcolm Lawson Jr., Joshua Lawson, Joseph Bates, Earl Hepstall and James Yeager.

Lisenbe

Mattie Bernice Lisenbe, 92, of Thomasville died Jan. 20, 2006 at Thomasville Nursing Home.

She was born May 26, 1913 in Sunny South. She was a member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Dixons Mills. She was a former sewing machine operator at a garment factory.

Survivors include one son, John (Sherry) Lisenbe, Pine Hill; one sister, Lois Clark, Thomasville; one granddaughter, Julie Loraine Lisenbe, Pine Hill; one grandson, John Randall Lisenbe, Pine Hill.

The service was Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. the chapel of O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville with Rev. Warren Huggins officiating. Burial was in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Dixons Mills.

Active pallbearers were Roger Davis, Larry Huckabee, T.J. Kirkham, Howard Pope, Mike Pope and Frank Robison.

Robison

Laura Eyvonne Robison, 80, of Sweet Water died Jan. 16, 2006 at her residence.

She was born May 26, 1926. She was a member of the Sweet Water Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, John Michael Robison, Sweet Water; two grandsons, Michael Bryan Robison, Patrick Douglas Robison, both of Sweet Water.

A graveside service was Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Sweet Water Cemetery with Rev. Douglas Turner officiating. Burial was in the Sweet Water Cemetery. O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were John Newton, Joe Newton, Calvin Newton, Champ Smith, Ronald Tucker, James Ellis Kelley, Phillip Robison and Lynn Baugh.

Sommers

Frances Walker Sommers, 75, of Linden died Jan. 16, 2006 at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis.

She was born March 8, 1930 in Thomasville. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Demopolis. She had worked for many years at Vanity Fair Corp. as a seamstress.

Survivors include her husband, John Curtis Sommers, Linden; two sons, Barry C. (Robin) Sommers, Tuscaloosa, Dennis Sommers, Greensboro; one daughter, Linda Sommers (Robin) Earl, Salt Lake City, Utah; one brother, Willie B. Walker, Thomasville; four sisters, Sybil Smith, Linden, Eloise Cochran, Carrollton, Margaret Ann Broome, Mobile, Sandra Gale Johnson, Aliceville; 10 grandchildren.

The service was Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with president James B. Martin officiating. Burial was in the Linden Memorial Park.

Active pallbearers were Christopher Sommers, Jason Sommers, Jonathan Sommers, Dan Carden, Mitchell Aitken and Frank Martin.

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