2006-06-08 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Walter Page Anderson, 86, of Jackson died June 3, 2006 at a local health care facility.

He was born Feb. 29, 1920. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Jackson. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army. He was a retired security guard with Dumas Brothers Manufacturing.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Louise Woodyard Anderson, Jackson; one daughter, Janice A. (Mitch) Linton, Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Franklin Anderson, Jackson; one sister, Molly Gibbs, Mobile; two grandchildren; Blaine and Blake Linton, both of Jacksonville, Fla.

The service was June 5 at 3 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial was in the Pine Grove Methodist Cemetery in Leroy.

Active pallbearers were Jack Trott, Luther Havard, Danny Havard, Tom Bolen, David Anderson and Craig Anderson.

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Tillman, Todd Barnes, Richard Cook, Joe Woodyard, Joe Powell and Scott Hutchison.


Rhett Goode Payne Jr., a lifelong resident of Jackson, died Thursday , June 1, 2006. He was born in the McVay community on Oct. 16, 1917, the son of the late Rhett Goode and Eva McDonald Payne.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson where he served many years as a deacon and 27 years as an elder. He served in the Army Armored Infantry during World War IiIfrom 1942-1946 at Fort Knox, Ky. and in the European Theatre; was an expert marksman and earned the Bronze Star among others.

Payne worked at the Jackson Bank & Trust Co., was later a wholesale salesman for J.C. Stewart and Bama Auto Parts, worked for Liberty National Life Insurance Co. for 28 and one-half years as an agent and associate manager and was district manager for the Jackson District for 12 years until his retirement in 1981.

With LNL, he made Leader's Club 11 times, qualified for 25 Torch Club Conventions and served as president one term of the Tombigbee Underwriter's Club. He was a member and officer in the Optimist Club, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Jackson Chamber of Commerce and was an avid golfer. In 1994 the Jackson Golf Association named a tournament in his honor recognizing him as one of its charter members.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean McCrary Payne of Jackson; two sons, William McCrary (Elizabeth) Payne of Birmingham and Rhett G. (Donna) Payne III of Meridian, Miss.; sister, Bernice P. Feagin of Grove Hill; five grandchildren, Laura Payne of Tuscaloosa, Frazier (Lesley) Payne of Mobile, Katy P. (Keith) Brunelle and Rhett "Chip" Payne IV, all of Meridian and Kristy P. (Sean) Buchanan of Columbus, Ga.; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was Saturday, June 3, 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson with the Rev. Daniel M. Berry, the Rev. Dr. Rhett G. Payne III and the Rev. Hughie Denton of Evergreen officiating. Burial was in the Pine Crest Cemetery in Jackson with Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directing.

The American Flag was presented to his wife by Lt. Sean Buchanan at the conclusion of the service.

Pallbearers were Frazier Payne, Chip Payne, Charles McCorquodale, Jim Bailey, Jim Cox, Leroy Mitchell, Joe Skipper and Kenny Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Stewart, Sonny Gilmore, Otto Bostrom, Frank Barbaree, John D. McGowin, Joe Payne Lindsey, Dan Outlaw, Audrey Beech, Irwin Cooper, Reg Cooper, Hollis Cooper, Robert Evans, Ed Ford, Charlie Hamilton, Gaines Adams and Nelson Beech.

Ushers were elders Bud Scogin, Bob Stewart and Sam Hughston. Pianist, soloist was Patricia Smith and organist, Audrey Powell.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega or the William F. Green Veterans Home in Bay Minette.


Minnie Rhee Tillman, 62, of Grove Hill died June 2, 2006 in a hospital in Opp.

She was born April 18, 1944. She was a member of the Grove Hill Baptist Church. She was a nurse at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include one brother, Willard Kinman, Jackson; two sisters, Pauline Sheffield, Virginia Courington, both of Grove Hill.

The service was June 4 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home with Rev. David Curtis officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Grove Hill.


Dorothy O. Weaver, 71, of Grove Hill died May 30, 2006 at a local facility.

She was born Jan. 31, 1935. She was a native of Coy, Ala. She was a member of Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Grove Hill. She was a retired seamstress with Vanity Fair Mills.

Survivors include two sons, Willie C. Overstreet, Jackson, Nathan C. Overstreet, Grove Hill; three daughters, Laurine (Kenny) Johnson, Dorothy (Phil) Gilchrist, all of Jackson, Betty (Stevie) Gilchrist, Grove Hill; one brother, Earnest Gray Sheffield, Texas; one sister, Sally Ann Helms, Thomasville; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by Jeremey Overstreet, a grandchild and Chelsea B. Carpenter, a great-grandchild.

The service was June 2 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial was in the Cantuche Cemetery.


Edward Vaiden Dozier, 77, of Thomasville died June 3, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 25, 1929 in Chance. He was a member of the Thomasville Church of Christ. He was a long time owner and operator of Dozier Oil Company in Thomasville.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Dozier, Grove Hill, Mark Dozier, Thomasville; three daughters, Charlotte Luker, Elaine Cline, both of Thomasville, Kathy White, Enterprise; one sister, Ida Bea Lowry, Montgomery; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

The service was June 5 at 4 p.m. with Minister Adam Andrews officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Brian Luker, Brandon Cline, Wayne Dozier, Billy White, Chase Dozier, Russell Gunter, Chase Tucker and Perry Dailey.

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Hepstall, Gerald Corgill, Billy Dozier, Frank Dozier, Gene Armistead, Raymond Chunn, Bruce Cogle, Van Phillips, Gerald Smith, Blanton Reid, Bobby Gibson, Square Sims, T.D. Cline, Shane Morgan, Dick Irons, Wesley Dozier, Philip Dozier, Slater Lowry, Jesse Gailbraith, Billy Hicks, J.R. Overstreet and past and present employees of Dozier Oil Co.


Catherine Arnold Adams, 50, of Columbia, Miss. died May 29, 2006 in an automobile accident. She was born July 17, 1955.

Survivors include three brothers, James Davis, Canton, Ohio, Alex Arnold, Jacksonville, Fla., Bennie (Vanessa) Arnold, Thomasville; three sisters, Lillie Arnold, Lora A. Bass and Lisa (Charles) Towns, all of Thomasville; three grandchildren.

The service was June 3 at 1 p.m. at Williams Temple C.M.E. Church in Thomasville. Burial was in the McFadden Memorial Gardens. Thomasville Mem-orial Funeral Home directed.


Helen Morrissette Weatherly, 48, of Chance died May 29, 2006 at the Southwest Alabama Medical Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1957.

Survivors include her husband, Ozell Weatherly, Chance; her mother, Cleo Morrissette, Chance; one brother, Jerry Morrissette, Packers Bend; five sisters, Esther Kidd, Rosetta Morrissette, Linda (Curtis) Chapman, all of Thomasville, Joann (Assa Lee) Anderson, Chance, Brenda (Stanley) McCaskey, Pine Hill.

The service was June 3 at 12 noon at the Chance Baptist Church with Rev. Charley Marshall officiating. Burial was in the Fellowship Cemetery. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.

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