2006-04-20 / Obituaries


Mary Francis Nicholson Leggett, 59, of Walker Springs died April 12, 2006 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 22, 1947. She was a graduate of Harper High School of Jackson. She received her bachelor of science degree from Alabama State University. She received her master's degree from Auburn University. She was a retired educator of the Clarke County School System for 33 years. She was a member of the St. Luke Baptist Church of Walker Springs.

Survivors include one daughter, Danielle Nettles, Mobile; her mother, Lois Nicholson, Walker Springs; one brother, Cleo Nicholson Jr., Burbank, Calif.; two sisters, Mamie Berry, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Malinda Chatman, Valhermoso Springs; one grandchild.

The service was April 17 at 1 p.m. at St. Luke Baptist Church in Walker Springs. Burial was in the Hotel Hill Cemetery in Walker Springs. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.


John C. Morgan Jr., 58, died April 17, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 29, 1947 in Chickamauga, Ga.

He served as adjunct professor at the University of Mobile and as a marriage and family therapist at the Carpenter House in Mobile. He was accepted as a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy in 1996.

His ministry included several churches over a period of 27 years: Union Grove Baptist Church in Crossville, Tibbie Baptist, Tompkins Baptist Church in Grove Hill and Peniel Baptist Church in Jackson. He had been active in the Washington County Baptist Association and an associate member of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He also served as an advisory board member for the Washington County Catholic Services. He remained a member of the Tibbie Baptist Church until the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Rylee Morgan; one son, John Anthony (Leslie) Morgan and three grandchildren;

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Ann Morgan.

The service was April 19 at 11 a.m. at the Tibbie Baptist Church. Burial was in the Tibbie Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Chatom directed.


Gary Wayne Walker, 55, of Coffeeville died April 16, 2006 in an automobile accident.

He was born April 4, 1951. He was a native of Grove Hill and was raised by his grandparents, L.C. and Eula Mae Deas of Coffeeville. He was a member of the Ulcanush Baptist Church. He was a pipe welder with Systems Contractors.

Survivors include his fiance, Kelly Walker, Coffeeville; three sons, Devin Walker, Dirk Walker, Brandon Walker, all of Coffeeville; one daughter, Danielle Walker, Coffeeville; two brothers, Mike Alexander, Loxley, Russell Alexander, Mobile; two sisters, Teresa Boutwell, Chilton, Abbie Hunter, Mobile; five grandchildren.

A graveside service was April 18 at 11 a.m. at Ulcanush Baptist Church Cemetery in Coffeeville. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Buren "Billy" Chapman Jr., 62 of Sweet Water died April 10, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center in Thomasville.

He was born Sept. 26, 1943 in Nanafalia. He was a member of the Nanafalia Baptist Church. He was a heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy E. Chapman, Sweet Water; five sons, Billy Chapman, Crestview, Fla., Dewayne Chapman, Wetumpka, Tracy Chapman, Florida, Robert Chapman, Sweet Water, Jonathan Chapman, Satsuma; one stepson, Michael Hotchkiss, Satsuma; two daughters, Kim Chapman, Indiana, Teresa Chapman, Ohio; four brothers, William Chapman, Sweet Water, Wayne Chapman, Prattville, Charles Chapman, Montgomery, Sam Hallman, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; three sisters, Jean King, Pennington, Patsy Hallman, Selma, Sheila Smack, North Carolina; 14 grandchildren.

The service was April 12 at 10 a.m. at Aimwell Baptist Church with Revs. Bill Ballard and Don Baxter officiating. Burial was in Nanafalia Baptist Church Cemetery. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Buddy Robertson, Jason Wilson, John Thomas, Don Braswell, Billy Ballard and Mark Hallman.

Honorary pallbearers were Keith Jordan and Jerry Vice.


Georgia Mae Frazure, 78, of Vineland died April 10, 2006 at her residence.

She was born April 19, 1927 in Bourbon, Miss. She was a member of Sunny South Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Marshall (Denise) Frazure, Pascagoula, Miss.; one daughter, Lola (Rich) Burnett, Auburn; four sisters, Hannah Barnett, Memphis, Tenn., Alma Knott, Van Cleave, Miss., Marguerite Ethridge, Harahan, La., Nell Connell, Vineland; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The service was April 13 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Revs. Denny Couturie and Lister Hill officiating. Burial was in the Griffin Cemetery in Moss Point, Miss. at 2:30 p.m.

Active pallbearers were Cecil Barnett, Rich Burnett, John Ethridge, Robert Knott, Trent Ethridge and Scott Ethridge.


Mary Carol Rush, 63, of Mechanicsville, Va. died April 8, 2006 at her residence.

She was born April 3, 1943 in Linden.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Monroe Rush, Mechanicsville, Va.; three sons, Darren (Kim) Rush, Robertsdale, Philip Rush, Nashville, Tenn., Jonathan (Angela) Rush, Duluth, Ga.; two brothers, Jarvis (Daisy) Robison, Linden, Frank (Sharon) Robison, Thomasville; two sisters, Sybil (Aleax) Morgan, Selma, Ernestine D. (Tom) Harris, Mount Vernon; four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles E. Robison, Robert S. Robison and one sister, Shirley R. Dixon.

The service was April 13 at 1 p.m. at the Thomasville Church Of God with Rev. O'Neal Franks officiating. Burial was in the Robison Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Darren Rush, Philip Rush, Jonathan Rush, David Phillips, Rob Robison and Billy Robison.


Hermione Vick, 87, of Surginer died April 16, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

She was born May 1, 1918. He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. She was a World War II veteran. She was a former secretary.

Survivors include one sister, Madelyn Sims, Thomasville; several nephews and nieces.

A graveside service was April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Dixons Mills with Revs. John Coker and Jimmy O'Bryant officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Marvin Glass, Ray Vick, Mark Sims, Eddie Vick, Randy Vick and Scotty Vick.


Julia Mary Creighton Carlton, 64, of Eight Mile died April 3, 2006.

She was born Oct. 13, 1941 to Booker T. Creighton and Ora D. Tate Creighton in the Indian Ridge community in Whatley. She was a member of the Indian Ridge Baptist Church. She was the original "home schooler" before home schooling became popular. She always aspired to become an educator.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Winfred Carlton, Eight Mile; children, Reginald (Deborah) Carlton, Ponchetta Carlton, Darron Carlton, Los Angeles, Calif., Bridgett (Arnold) Bettison, Eight Mile; six grandchildren; aunts; one uncle, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends; seven siblings, Osceletta (deceased), Alice Lee (deceased), Lois, Booker T., Katrina, Ladorn (deceased) and Brenda Joyce (deceased).

The service was April 8 at 2 p.m. at Highpoint Baptist Church in Mobile with Revs. Charles White, officiating minister and Lemuel Taylor Jr., presidin.

Active pallbearers were Arnold Bettison, Joe Creighton, Benny Creighton, Kenneth Creighton, Arthur Bright, David Carlton, Michael Green and Thyies Carlton.

Honorary pallbearers were Booker T. Creighton Jr., Reginald W. Carlton, Darron W. Carlton, David Webster, Marvette Carlton, Booker T. Creighton III, Lester Stewart, Marcus Creighton and John Creighton.

Christian Benevolent Funeral Home of Mobile directed.


Thomas Earl "Tom" Deas Sr., 80, of Jackson died April 14, 2006 at Springhill Hospital in Mobile.

He was born Aug. 28, 1925. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the occupational forces in Europe. He was a member of the VFW in Jackson. After his employment with Vanity Fair Mills in Jackson, he co-owned and operated Ray and Tom's Restaurant in Jackson for 17 years.

He served as a member of the Clarke County Commission from 1980 until his retirement in 2002 serving in districts three and four. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson. He was recognized with the distinguishing honor of being the only surviving coach of the first little league season. Other recognitions include the naming of the Tom Deas Old Lock Road.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Kathleen Bumpers Deas, Jackson; one son, Thomas E. Deas Jr. Jackson; one daughter, Beverly Deas Garrett, Jackson; one brother, Gilmer Deas, Coffeeville; one sister, Mrs. Iola Robinson, Thomasville; a very close nephew, C.D. (Lefty) Anderson, Mobile; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step-great-grandchildren.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Deas of Coffeeville.

The service was April 17 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson with Rev. Lester Pope, Dr. Rob Nichols and Brian Jemison officiating. Burial was in the New Prospect Cemetery in Coffeeville. Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler directed.

The family requests memorials be given to the cemetery fund at New Prospect Baptist Church..

Active pallbearers were Trey Deas, Thomas Ott, Hank Ott, Chuck Anderson, Alton Deas, Charles Montgomery and T.J. Marshall.

Honorary pallbearers were Troy Jones, Henry Ott, Craig Scruggs, Rubye Andrews, Bobby Bishop, Fairley Morton, Jimmy Deas, Spence Walker, Davis Deas, Clarence Watters, James Long, Sam Noble, Jay Duke, Alvin Montgomery, Jesse Robinson, Grady Gould, Norma Beard, Ray Sheffield, Paul Parham and Wilbur Downey.


Laura (Wieczorek) Eager, 30, of Pottstown, Pa. died April 6, 2006 in Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Penn.

She was the daughter of Larry Wieczorek of Jacksons Gap and Joanne Wieczorek of Pottstown, Penn.

Survivors include two sisters, Tammy Wieczorek, Columbus, Ga., Renee Wieczorek, Royersford, Penn.; stepmother, Beth Wieczorek, Jacksons Gap; two stepbrothers, Brian McConville, Adel, Ga., Michael McConville, Auburn; one stepsister, Carmen Potts, Warner Robins, Ga.

A memorial service was April 8 at the Warker-Troutman Funeral Home in Pottstown with Rev. Thomas Nasta officiating.

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