2006-03-16 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Linda Grace Upshaw, 54, of Grove Hill died March 11, 2006.

She was born March 7, 1952 in Grove Hill to Levonia "Jackie" Upshaw.

Survivors include one brother, Wallace (Thomasine) Upshaw, two sisters, Diane (Harold) Upshaw-Lambert, Brenda Upshaw; four aunts and a host of great uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, March 17 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the chapel of Andrews Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial will be in the St. Pete Baptist Church Cemetery in Allen. Andrews Funeral Home will direct.

Active pallbearers will be Michael Upshaw, George Gilmore, Benjamin Oliver, Sollie Brown, Mark Brown, Marshall Presnall and Wallace Upshaw.

Flower bearers will be by friends of the family.


Alice Marie Myrick Deas, 90, of Coffeeville died March 8, 2006 at Lakeview Assisted Living Facility in Sweet Water.

She was born Jan. 16, 1916 to the late Clarence Rone and Winnie Scruggs Myrick of Coffeeville. She graduated from Coffeeville High School. She attended the University of North Alabama, which was then Florence State Teachers College. She taught school for a number of years in Fulton, Coffeeville and Leroy before retiring to raise her family. She was a lifelong member of the Coffeeville United Methodist Church where she was very active. She served as a Sunday school teacher for many years.

Survivors include two sons, Noland Rone (Lynn) Deas, Thomasville, Ga., Milton Gray (Debbie) Deas, Dothan; two daughters, Julia Marie Deas (Duelon) Dunagan, Coffeeville, Lois Elaine Deas (Kenneth) Jones, Jackson; one sister, Janet Myrick McKee, Jackson; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

The service was March 10 at 11 a.m. at the Coffeeville United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Ulcanush Baptist Cemetery in Coffeeville. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

The family suggest memorials be made to the Methodist Children's Home in Selma or the local Gideons International, in lieu of flowers.

Active pallbearers were Noland Deas, Stacy Dunagan, Scotty Dunagan, Matthew Jones, Andrew Deas and Dean Jones.


Edward Allen Huggins, 76, died March 10, 2006 at a Mobile hospital.

He was born Oct. 4, 1929. He was a member of Tompkins Baptist Church in Grove Hill. He was a retired employee of the Alabama Mental Health Department.

Survivors include his wife, Amy Lois Huggins, Grove Hill; three sons, Larry Huggins, Atlanta, Ga., John Randy Harrison, Wetumpka, James Ricky Harrison, Thomasville; one daughter, Elaine Short, Monroeville; one brother, Fred Huggins, Jackson; two sisters, Kathy Blanton, Grove Hill, Imogene Caldwell, Hartwell, Ga.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was March 12 at 3 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home.


Byreece Dunagan Overstreet, 76, of Coffeeville died March 12, 2006 at her daughter's home in Salitpa.

She was born Oct. 21, 1929. She was a member of the Ulcanush Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Mark E. Overstreet, Jackson; one daughter, Nancy O. (Max) Byrd, Jackson; two brothers, Leroy Dunegan, James Dunagan, both of Coffeeville; one sister, Margie D. Sullivan, Mobile; two grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

A graveside service was March 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ulanush Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Active pallbearers were Kenneth Overstreet, Robert Overstreet, Bruce Overstreet, Ralph Dunagan, Timothy Dunegan and Rayford Guy.


Katie Lee Tarleton, 87, of Grove Hill died March 8, 2006 at her residence.

She was born April 7, 1918 in Allen. She was a member of the Union Baptist Church near Grove Hill.

Survivors include one son, Richard "Dicky" (Brenda) Tarleton, Grove Hill; one daughter, Yvonne (Chester) Andrews, Grove Hill; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

The service was March 10 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home with Revs. Don White and Marion Ball officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Grove Hill.

Active pallbearers were Terry Andrews, Sid Andrews, Robert "T-Bob" Andrews, Scott Sullivan, Rick Andrews and Dwight Johnson.


Mildred Lucille Overton, 88, of Lower Peach Tree died March 12, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center in Thomasville.

She was born July 26, 1917 in Lower Peach Tree. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She was a seamstress.

Survivors include a brother, Jacob L. Overton, Lower Peach Tree; several nephews and nieces.

The service was March 14 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville with Rev. Jimmy R. O'Bryant officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were William Ryan (Rocky) Newton, William Kyle Chaney, Adam Green, Koss Green Jr., Bruce Green and Rogers (Dink) Green.

Honorary pallbearers were Lewis Overton, Charles Overton, Robert (Bob) Overton, Ray Terry Overton, Robert Green, Koss Green and Roy Green.


William Floyd deShazo III M.D., 81, of Tuscaloosa died March 12, 2006 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

He was born May 12, 1924 to the late W.F. deShazo Jr. and Grace S. deShazo. He was a native of Fairfield. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1942 and attended the University of Alabama after which he joined the V-12 unit of the U.S. Navy, subsequently getting his degree from Howard College. Dr. deShazo received his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, La. in 1948, serving his internship at Lloyd Noland Hospital in Fairfield.

He first practiced medicine in Atmore for a brief time before serving in the Navy during the Korean War. He returned to the practice of medicine in Jackson for 20 years. In 1972 he became a member of the faculty of the newly established College of Community Health Sciences of the University of Alabama during which time he served as chairman of the residency program and later as the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine. At his retirement he was named Professor Emeritus establishing The William F. deShazo Award which annually recognizes the outstanding Family Practice Resident. He was a member of the American Medical Association, a life member of the American Academy of Family Medicine and of the First United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Lee Bible Class. During his tenure at the University of Alabama he also served as the team physician for the athletic department. He was well-known as "Dr. D."

Survivors include his wife, Martha Kathryn Coleman deShazo, Tuscaloosa; four sons, Stephen Lee (Debra) deShazo, Washington, Ga., John Godbold deShazo, Prattville, David Coleman deShazo, Nashville, Tenn., Dr. William Floyd (Jennifer) deShazo IV, Homewood; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service was at the First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa, March 15 at 2 p.m. after a private burial service. Rev. Dr. Kenneth Dunnivant and Rev. Dr. Duncan Hunter officiated the memorial service. Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directed.

Memorials may be given to the Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 or First United Methodist Church, 800 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.


James Richardson, 78, of Mobile died March 2, 2006 at a Biloxi hospital.

He was a native of Campbell. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include one aunt, Willie G. Watkins, Thomasville.

The graveside service was March 3 at 10 a.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements were made by Marshall Funeral Home in Biloxi.

Return to top