2006-03-30 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Bessie Helen Myers, 86, of Jackson died March 23, 2006 at a local hospital.

She was born July 7, 1919. She was a native of Coatsville, Ind. She was a member of the Horeb Baptist Church in Whatley. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Larry Myers, Brownsburg, Ind.; one daughter, Kay "Chico" Lawson, Jackson; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was March 25 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson. The service was March 28 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Porter Funeral Home in North Salem, Ind. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in North Salem, Ind. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson and Porter Funeral Home of North Salem, Ind. directed.


Virgil Eugene "Bobby" Jowers, 64, of Sweet Water died March 18, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 24, 1942 in Nanafalia. He was a member of the Hoboken Baptist Church. He was a former truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Mallie Louise Jowers, Sweet Water; one son, Benny Clay (Melissa) Jowers, Kimbrough; two daughters, Angela Marie (Jamie) Gates, Fulton, Annie Louise (James S.) Gates, Sweet Water; one brother, Woodrow Jowers, Thomasville; one sister, Lena Mae Gates, Sweet Water; six grandchildren.

The service was March 21 at 1 p.m. at the Hoboken Baptist Church with Revs. Clifford Moore, Warren Huggins and Bill Faircloth officiating. Burial was in Hoboken Baptist Church Cemetery. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were James S. Gates, Ronnie Jowers, James Woodrow Jowers Jr., James Gates, Ronnie Jowers and Harry Etheridge.

Honorary pallbearers were Kinner Jowers, Jessie James Gates, Tiffany Jowers, Kaitlen Gates and Brittany Jowers.


Colonel Quincey W. "Tommy" Tucker (USAF Retired) 86, a native of Grove Hill, died at his home in Cara Vita Retirement Village in Montgomery March 12, 2006.

He is survived by his wife Jane, his son Joseph L. Tucker of Atlanta, his daughter and son-in-law Anne and Richard Crews of Simpsonville, S.C. and three grandchildren.

He was a graduate of Clarke County High School (1937), the University of Alabama (1946) and the University of Alabama Law School (JD, 1948). As an undergraduate student at the University, he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Million Dollar Band.

He served during World War II as a navigator in the 451st Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force in Italy. After the war he returned to the University to complete his undergraduate and law degrees. In 1947 he married Jane Tatum of Tuscaloosa and after graduation practiced law in Grove Hill. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 and served in the Air Force JAG until 1971.

During his Air Force career he was assigned to Maxwell Air Force Base where he was instrumental in the re-opening of the JAG School and served as the commandant of the JAG School from 1968-1970. In June 1970 he was assigned to Headquarters USAF as the Chief Judge of the Court of Military Review in Washington, DC where he served until his retirement. After retirement from the Air Force he returned to Montgomery to begin the development of the Criminal Justice Program for Troy State University of Montgomery where he taught for 15 years. He was a member of the Exchange Club of Montgomery and the Military Officers Association of America. In 1985 he retired from teaching and enjoyed many years with his family and friends at his condo at Ft. Walton Beach.

The funeral was March 16, 2006 at 11 a.m. at LeakMemory Chapel in Montgomery with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery. Officiating were Dr. George Allison of Birmingham, Chaplain Dean Finch of Horizons Hospice Care and Reverend Ben Sawada of First Methodist Church where Col. Tucker was a member.

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