2006-06-29 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Nathan Alan Overstreet, 16, of Grove Hill died June 25, 2006 in an automobile accident.

He was born Mar. 5, 1990. He was a student at Clarke Prep. He attended Thomasville Church of God.

Survivors include his father, Nathan Calvin Overstreet, Grove Hill; his mother, Paula Ann Overstreet, Lenox; one sister, Ashley Ann Overstreet, Grove Hill; maternal grandparents, Walter Gibson Jr., Frisco City, Glenda Huckabee, Jackson.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Jeremy Calvin Overstreet and paternal grandparents, Dorothy O. Weaver and Woodie C. Overstreet.

The service was June 28 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill. Burial was in the Cantuche Cemetery in Salitpa. Lathan Funeral home directed.


William Cole Armistead, Sr. died June 17, 2006, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. The longtime Thomasville resident had been a resident of the Shelby Ridge Nursing home in Alabaster for the last few months.

Mr. Armistead was born on August 14, 1911, in Campbell and was the son of the late Dr. Livingston Lee Armistead and the late Olie Williams Armistead of Campbell. He graduated from Thomasville High School where he met his wife of 73 years, Emma Belle Overstreet Armistead, who continues to live in their home in Thomasville.

After years of farming and running a country store in Campbell, Mr. Armistead moved his family to Thomasville in 1952 where he became well known throughout southwest Alabama as a car salesman. He had many repeat customers over the years with second and third generation family members buying cars from him. According to his son, Bill Armistead, the repeat business came from his father's honesty in telling customers the good and bad about every car he sold. "I recall as a youngster hearing my father tell a potential car buyer what he thought was wrong with the car they were considering buying. He might tell them about an engine oil leak or a noise in the transmission. He just never wanted to misrepresent anything. He believed that everyone should be honest in everything they do. In fact, he was the most honest man I have ever known."

Many people in the Thomasville area will probably remember him best as a meticulous keeper of his yard. There was rarely a day, other than Sunday, that he could not be found in his yard racking leaves and pine straw, pulling weeds, picking up limbs or anything to keep his yard looking good. He continued his yard work up until January of this year.

He was a long time member of Pineview Baptist Church in Thomasville where he served as a deacon. He is survived by his wife, Emma Belle Armistead; one daughter, Audrey Evans of Thomasville; one son, William C. (Bill) Armistead, Jr. and his wife Emily; four grandchildren, Donna Fiore, Jerome Anthony (Tony) Fiore and his wife Tammy, William C. (Beau) Armistead, III and his wife Ashley; Allyson Allred and her husband John; and eight great-grandchildren, all living in the Birmingham area.

A memorial service for was held on June 19, 2006, at Forest Springs Baptist Church in Morvin with burial in the Forest Springs Cemetery. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requested that memorial gifts be sent to the Lone Sheep Ministry, P.O. Box 59312, Birmingham, AL 35259. The Lone Sheep Ministry is a ministry to young people throughout the country and is led by Mr. Armistead's grandson, Beau Armistead.


Crystal Ray Chapman, 23 and baby Zachary Ray Chapman of Sweet Water died June 17, 2006 at Providence Hospital in Mobile.

She was born March 25, 1983 in Meridian, Miss. She was a member of Hope Baptist Church in Sweet Water. She was employed by Theo Ratliff Activity Center as an office manager.

Mrs. Chapman's survivors include her husband, Christopher W. Chapman, Sweet Water; her father, Johnny M. Ray, Sweet Water; her mother, Samantha B. Ray, Sweet Water; two brothers, Matthew Brooks Ray, Dillon Barr Ray, both of Sweet Water; grandmother, Ada Ray Dubose, Sweet Water; grandfather, Joel Dubose, Sweet Water.

Zachary Ray Chapman died with his mother, Crystal Ray Chapman, June 17, 2006. He is survived by his father, Christopher W. Chapman, Sweet Water; maternal grandfather, Johnny M. Ray, Sweet Water; maternal grandmother, Samantha B. Ray, Sweet Water; paternal grandfather, George Wayne Chapman, Prattville; paternal grandmother, Jean C. King, Pennington; two uncles; one aunt.

The service was held June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church with Revs. Randall Smith and Scott Armstrong officiating. Burial was in the Geneva Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Sweet Water. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Ryan Morgan, Shannon Smith, Johnny Thompson, Dewayne Tolbert, Travis Harrington and Davis Robinson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the South Marengo Rescue Squad, employees of Theo Ratliff Activity Center and employees of the Demopolis Parks and Recreation Department.


Rayford Allen McKinley, 57, of Thomasville died June 18, 2006 at his residence in Thomasville.

He was born Aug. 30, 1948 in Fulton. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Thomasville. He was self-employed.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Crenshaw McKinley, Liberty community; four daughters, Christy (Kerry) Knight, Kimberly (Terry Lee) Overstreet, all of Thomasville; C.J. (Brooke) McKinley, Mobile, Racy (Jason) Howell, Liberty community; one brother, Connie (Jade) McKinley, Grand Bay; two sisters, Janell (Ralph) Hudson, Saraland, Betty Jane (David) Brown, Axis; seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Underwood McKinley; his mother, Doris Parker McKinley; one brother, Gordon Lamar McKinley.

A memorial service was June 22 at 10 a.m. at the Liberty Baptist Church with Revs. David Grayson, Larry Darden and Bill Faircloth officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Fendley, Cecil Richardson, Bernard Pugh, Marcus Milstead, Kevin Robertson, Randall Robertson, Jerry Drinkard, Mike Larrimore, Gary Gates, Donnie Powell, Buddy Wilson and John Eanes.


Massey Palmer Bedsole Jr., 77, died June 24, 2006 at his farm in Monroe County.

He was born July 21, 1928. He was a native of Mobile with homes in Mobile, Gosport and New Orleans, La.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Smith Bedsole; his children, Raine Bedsole and George Demmas, Mary Martin Riser and John Henry Martin and his seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Massey Palmer Bedsole and Mabel Bedsole Hall.

A memorial service was held June 28 at 4 p.m. at the Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile. Pine Crest Funeral Home directed.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The Centre For The Living Arts, P.O. Box 198, Mobile, AL 36601.


Bernard Davis, 63, of San Bernardino, Calif. died June 13, 2006.

He was born July 20, 1942. He was owner of O & B Towing and Auto Sales.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Davis, California; his mother, Stella Mae Weatherly, Lower Peach Tree; two daughters, Tunisha (Baby) Davis, Angie Carson of California; two sons, Marvin Young, Donnie Davis of California; five brothers; six sisters; five grandchildren;

The service was June 24 at 12 p.m. at the chapel of Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. D.L. Russell officiating. Burial was in the St. Thomas A.M.E. Cemetery.


Quenterrio L. Jackson, 7 mths. died June 16, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center. He was born Oct. 20, 2005.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Jackson; his father, Dewayne Kennedy; one brother, Dewayne Jackson; one sister, Belinda Jackson, both of Thomasville; grandparents, Robert and Estella Madison, Thomasville, J.C. and Juanita Kennedy, Dixons Mills.

The service was June 24 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Williams officiating. Burial was in the First Baptist Cemetery.

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