2006-05-04 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Luburcy Tiggs Taylor, 95, of Jackson died April 24, 2006 in Woodbridge, Va.

She was born Aug. 1, 1920. She was a native of Manila. She was a member of St. Union Baptist Church where she was a Crusader counselor. She was a member of the Missionary Society. She was a Sunday school teacher. Upon moving to Woodbridge, VA. with her daughter, Nancy, she became a member of the First Mount Zion Baptist Church of Woodbridge, Va. She was past worthy matron of Amies Pride 590 Order of the Eastern Star in the Winn community and upon moving transferred her membership to the Morning View Chapter #101 Order of the Eastern Star in Jackson.

Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Franklin, Woodbridge, Va.; one brother, Eddie Lee Tiggs, Jackson; one brother-in-law, J.W. Andrews, Jackson, two sister-in-laws, Artelia Tiggs, Mobile, Fannie Tiggs, Jackson; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The Eastern Star Ceremony was performed at 10:30 a.m. with the service beginning at 11 a.m. April 29 at St. Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson with Revs. Geral Mitchell and James M. Howard officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Jackson. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson and Ames Funeral Home of Manassas, Va., directed.


Robert Edward Foreman, 56, of Dickinson died April 29, 2006 at his residence.

He was born June 26, 1949 in California. He was employed as an electrician for Boise Paper Mill in Jackson. He was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fulton.

Survivors include his wife, Diann Foreman, Dickinson; one son, Jason Foreman, Jackson; his mother, Mary K. Foreman, Daphne; one brother, Jim Foreman, Pensacola, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Barnhill, Daphne, Sandi Buford, Chatom; two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Matt Foreman.

The service was May 2 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill with Rev. John Copeland officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church in Fulton.

Active pallbearers were Clay Baugh, Dayton Gunter, Bob Day, Kenny Walker, Joe Baxter, M.L. Roberts, Larry Sullivan and Terry Sollie.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Dewey Chalk, Lionel Osborne, James McLean and E & I employees of Boise Paper Mill.


Albert James "Sam" Agee, 75, of Thomasville died April 24, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center in Thomasville.

He was born June 29, 1930 in Opine. He was a member of the Elam Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a retired truck driver for Dozier Oil Company.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Elizabeth Agee, Thomasville; three sons, Albert James (Sandra) Agee Jr., Mike (Pat) Agee, Joey (Denna) Agee, all of Thomasville; three sisters, Grace (Gaines) Adams, Martha (Cecil) Sims, all of Thomasville, Ruth (Truman) Mott, Coffeeville; two grandchildren.

The service was April 26 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville with Revs. Scott Myers and Randy Walker officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Bashan Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were Jamie Agee, Kenneth Mott, Bruce Sims, Godfrey Vick, Mike Godwin and Rex Rush.

Honorary pallbearers were V.F.W. Post 5106, Thomasville High School Class of 1951 and Joe Dodds, James Haskew, Dennis Mott, Willis Slade and Winston Parden.


Louise Smith Ingram, 77, of Sweet Water died April 26, 2006 at her residence.

She was born Mar. 9, 1929 in Linden. She was a member of the Sweet Water Baptist Church. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a retired school teacher.

Survivors include one son, Chesley Maxwell Daniels, Linden; two daughters, Sandra D. Walker, Sweet Water, Vivian D. Walters, Nanafalia; one sister, Jean S. Perry, Tuscaloosa; seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Ingram and a grandson, Ryan Walters.

The service was April 29 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden with Rev. Douglas Turner officiating. Burial was in the Sweet Water Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Chris Walker, Dr. Randy Walters Jr., Daniel Walker, Dylan Daniels, Pat Thompson, Frederick Perry and Jimmy Street.

Honorary pallbearers were Candy W. Thompson, Chelsea Daniels and Karen Walters.


Gennesarette "Jean" Joy Kelly, 74, of Thomasville died April 27, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

She was born Nov. 24, 1931 in Runnellstown, Miss. She was manager of the old Thomasville Dairy Queen. She was a member of the Pineview Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Rozella (Jackie) Bouler, Thomasville; one grandson, Jeremy Bouler, Thomasville; one granddaughter, Jennifer (Mitch) Gilchrist, Thomasville; two great-grandchildren, Logan Gilchrist and Tristan Gilchrist, both of Thomasville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Kelly and her mother, Cora Ford.

The service was April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Pineview Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Myers officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral of Thomasville directed.

Memorials may be made to the Pineview Baptist Church Building Fund or the Pineview Baptist Church Children's Department.

Active pallbearers were Ben Pugh, Randy Elmore, Jared Elmore, Gary Garrick, Timmy Graham and John Wayne Overstreet.

Honorary pallbearers were Joe Clayton, Cecil Phillips, Winston Parden, Frank Myers, Clarence Newton, Andy Bagley and Gerald Champion.


Sherman Bryant, 68, of Thomasville died April 20, 2006 at the Southwest Alabama Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 21, 1937. He was a retired teacher of the Clarke County School System after 30 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Rose Bryant, Thomasville; one son, Chad (Nakita) Bryant, Thomasville; two brothers, Jessie Bryant, Hillside, Ill., William Bryant, Lisle, Ill.; two sisters, Odessa Kirkland, Lower Peach Tree, Oweda Calhoun, Tuskegee; three grandchildren.

The service was April 24 at 12 p.m. at St. Thomas A.M.E. Church in Lower Peach Tree. Burial was in the St. Thomas A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.


Ltc. (Ret.) William "Bill" Crim, 79, of Alexander City died April 13, 2006.

He was born Feb. 16, 1927 in Fulton to Winnie Heath Crim and William A. Crim Sr., both now deceased. He was a 1945 graduate of Clarke County High School.

As a U.S. Army career military officer he served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He entered the Army as an enlisted soldier during World War II and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant by the age of 22. After his commissioning to second lieutenant he rose to the rank and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He retired from active military service in 1969 after 24 years.

He then took a position as an assistant athletic director at the United States Military Academy until his retirement in 1988. He served 22 years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. He moved to Alexander City in 1988.

He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church. He served as an elder and was active in many of the ministries of the church including Bible studies, men of the church and Wednesday night services. He will always be remembered for his help with Vacation Bible School and other ways in which he demonstrated the impact Christ had made in his life.

He was also an active member in the Lion's Club, the Elk's Lodge, the Veteran's Administration and was a part of a local "catfish group" that raised catfish. He was well known for sharing them with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Davis Crim, one son, Dennis (Judy) Crim, one brother, Dewey (Virginia) Crim; three nephews, three nieces and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Crim, Larry Crim and Don Crim.

The service was April 23 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Alexander City with Rev. Ron Lukat officiating. A graveside service was April 24 at 2 p.m. at the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville. Radney Funeral Home of Alexander City directed.


Kenyatta Harris, 21, died April 15, 2006 at a Mobile hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1984.

Survivors include her mother, Renee Harris, Dickinson; one daughter, Mary Smith, Dickinson; grandfather, Isiah Harris, Dickinson.

The service was April 22 at Morning Star Baptist Church in Whatley. Burial was in the Cleveland-Harris Cemetery. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.


Gracie M. McCaskill, 78, of Lower Peach Tree died April 17, 2006 at her residence.

She was born May 28, 1927. She was a retired bus driver for the Monroe County Board of Education.

Survivors include three sons, Tommy (Betty) McCaskill, Los Angeles, Calif., Johnny (Geraldine) McCaskill, Packers Bend, George (Gwen) McCaskill, Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Alvenia Calhoun, Lower Peach Tree, Catherine (Bill) Barksdale, Detroit, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

The service was April 22 at the St. Thomas A.M.E. Church in Lower Peach Tree. Burial was in the St. Thomas A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.


Annie Lou Creighton Raine, 88, of Whatley died April 5, 2006 at the home of her daughter, Johnnie Lou Raine.

She was born Aug. 6, 1917 in the Indian Ridge community. She was a member of the Indian Ridge Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and caregiver.

She was married to the late John E. Raine Jr. on Nov. 22, 1936. The first of four children preceded them in death.

Survivors include one son, Nathaniel Edward (Bernice) Raine, Whatley; two daughters, Mattie Pearle Harris, Johnnie Lou Raine; one brother, Thomas (Ruth) Creighton, Altadenia, Calif.; two sisters, Mary Franklin, Carrier Crear, Los Angeles, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; honorary family members were Jettie Cade and family.

The service was April 12 at 1 p.m. at the Indian Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Lynum officiating. Burial was in the Indian Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Whatley. Mosley's Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.


Ulysses "Que" Slaughter, 46, of Thomasville died April 24, 2006 at his residence.

He was born July 6, 1959. He was a former machine operator with a local timber company.

The service was April 28 at noon at the chapel of Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home. Burial followed Sunday, April 30 in the Dudley Memorial Gardens in Dublin, Ga.

Survivors include a companion of many years, Gloria Blackmon, Thomasville; his mother, Willie K. Slaughter-Girtman, Dublin, Ga.; four children, Jessica Thomas, Latasha Jones, Danville, Ga., Rafphel, Auja Blackmon, Thomasville; one brother, Otis Girtman, Dublin, Ga.; five sisters, Shelia Moore, Jacquline McMiller, Florine Mack, all of Dublin, Ga., Leslie and Theresa Slaughter, Waterbury, Conn.; seven grandchildren.

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Jeanne Louise Van Vliet, 80, of Wichita Falls, Texas died April 7, 2006.

She was born Jan. 6, 1926 in Grove Hill, to Edmond and Lena Gilchrist. She was married to Ralph Edwin Van Vliet Jr. on Sept. 19, 1957 in Lucedale, Miss. She had worked as a BX Operator for the civil service for many years. She was a member of Beverly Dr. Methodist Church where she was part of the women's prayer group.

Survivors include one son, Ellis Larry (Catherine) Squires, Wichita Falls, Texas; her daughter, Beverly Elaine Todd, Hamilton, Ohio; three grandsons, Ellis Larry (Darlene) Squires Jr., Fall River, Mass., Richard Matthew Squires, Wichita Falls and Anthony Don (Lois) Todd.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Lena Gilchrist, her husband, Ralph Van Vliet Jr., a granddaughter, Tara Lynn Squires and by 13 brothers and sisters.

The service was April 12 at 10 a.m. at Lunn's Colonial Chapel with Rev. Ernie Barr, pastor, of Faith Lutheran Church officiating and Rev. Buford Skelton assisting. Burial was in the City Cemetery in Moore, Okla.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, the Faith Lutheran Church or call James Gilchrist at 251-246-4781 for more information.


Janice Duke Waddill, 91, of Creola died April 17, 2006.

She was born Dec. 15, 1914 in Allen. She was a native of Clarke County. She was a member of Saraland First Assembly of God Church and "The Prime Timers" and "The Believers Sunday School Class."

Survivors include two sons, Teddie G. (Sandra) Waddill, Creola; one daughter, Joy (Walter) Brewer, Grove Hill; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Levi Duke and Clark Pruette Duke, her husband, Emmitt Grady Waddill, her oldest son, Terry Waddill, a brother, Hilton Duke and a sister, Lucille Duke Jarvis.

The service was April 20 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Saraland. Burial was in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Evelyn Williams Womack, 74, died April 20, 2006.

She was born Nov. 4, 1931.

Survivors include ten children, Theodore Williams, Mamie Knight, Cornelious Williams, Mary King, Jerrel Dean Jordan, Emma Harper, Emmett Jackson, Jessie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Rufus Jackson, all of Mobile; one brother, Booker T. Williams; one sister, Mary Lee Chapman, Winn; 34 grandchilden; 103 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Womack, two brothers, Peter Williams and Jessie Williams and one sister, Velma Bumpers.

The service was April 29 at the Temple of Jerusalem Ministries with Ellis Harper Jr. officiating. Burial was in Winn. Reese Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were grandsons and nephews.

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