2006-07-06 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries

Ambrose

Sarah Davis Ambrose, 101, of Grove Hill died June 29, 2006 at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 12, 1905. She was a retired educator with the Clarke County School System. She was a member of the Zion Branch Baptist Church of Gosport where she was the Mother of the Church. She was a member of Russell Success #674 Order of the Eastern Star. She graduated from Alabama State University where she received her BA Degree.

Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary Ambrose, Willie Mae Ambrose, both of Grove Hill; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Henrietta and Ed Davis Sr.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 5 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the chapel of Andrews Funeral Home. The Eastern Star Ceremony will be performed at 7 p.m. during visitation. The service will be Thursday, (today), July 6 at 1 p.m. at Mackey Branch #1 Baptist Church in Gosport with Rev. T.L. Douglas, pastor and Rev. Thomas Foxx, Eulogist. Final viewing will be following the eulogy. Burial will be in the Mackey Branch Cemetery in Gosport. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson will direct.

Brown

Rosener Cox Brown, 91, of Coffeeville died June 28, 2006 at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 30, 1915. She was a native of Jackson. She was a member of the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was recognized as the Church Mother. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Bishop John L. (Lois) Brown, Moss Point, Miss.; four daughters, Lennie Brown, Moss Point, Miss., Lillie Law, Doris Mobley, Willodean Taite, all of Coffeeville; 42 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren; eight great-great-great-grandchildren; one devoted cousin, Christine Grayson and a great host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen Cox and Carleana Howze Cox; her husband, Alonzo Brown, a daughter, Rosie Brown Turner; six stepchildren; three sisters and six brothers.

The service was July 3 at 11 a.m. at the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church in Coffeeville with Rev. Albert Ridgeway, pastor and eulogist. Burial was in the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Hicks

Grace Hicks, 92, of Jackson died June 30, 2006 at her residence.

She was born April 12, 1914. She was a native of Etowah County. She was a retired supervisor for the Grand Hotel at Point Clear.

Survivors include her husband, John Hicks, Jackson; one brother, Jack Kelley Sr., Gadsden; close nephew, Jack Kelly Jr., Gadsden; several nephews and nieces.

A graveside service was July 3 at 11 a.m. at the Old Leroy Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Hodge

James Vester Hodge, 87, of Coffeeville died June 28, 2006 at his residence.

He was born June 11, 1919. He was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He was a pipe fitter with Ingall's Shipyard.

Survivors include his wife, Virgie Mae Hodge, Coffeeville; two sons, James Michael Hodge, William O. "Billy" Hodge, both of Mobile; seven daughters, Linda Cochran, Coffeeville, Joyce Hodge, Sharon Hodge, both of Mobile, Judy (Chris) Zirlott, Coden, Kathy Sessions, Grand Bay, Debbie Huckabee, Theodore, Donna Schmitz, Hickory, N.C.; 25 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren.

The service was July 2 at 2 p.m. at Union Grove Baptist Church in Coffeeville. Burial was in the Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Long

John Russell Long, 47, of Grove Hill died June 21, 2006 at his residence.

He was born June 8, 1959 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He was a carpenter with Jackson Metal Work.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia McDaniel Long, Edgewater, Fla.; his wife, Jill Barnes, Grove Hill; six brothers, Jerry Long, Jefferson, S.C., James Long, Chattahoochee, Fla., Kevin Long, Oklahoma City, Okla., Frank Long, Panama City, Fla., Glenn Long, Oak Hill, Fla., Bobby Long, Edgewater, Fla.; one sister, Pamela Smith, Booneville, Ark.; stepdaughter, Jessica Guy, Grove Hill.

A graveside service was June 28 at 2 p.m. at the Old Salem Cemetery in Scyrene. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Megginson

Coma Roy Megginson, 100, of Thomasville died June 27, 2006 at Thomasville Nursing Home.

He was born May 4, 1906. He gave his life to Christ July 1928. He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir director for many years. He was a member of the "Senior Citizens Hall of Fame." He was a retired insurance agent for Mutual Savings Life Insurance Company.

Survivors include one son, Roy Megginson Jr., Thomasville; three daughters, Martha Jo Powell, Agnes "Sister" Pugh, both of Thomasville, Patsy Nell Gates, Hope Hull; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

The service was June 29 at 10 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church with Revs. Bealie Harrison and Rex Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Joel Rush, George Pugh, Jackie Ray Rush, Sport Megginson, Glenn Megginson and Kad Gates.

Peaton

Edward Gray "Buddy" Peaton, 91, of Faunsdale died June 26, 2006 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.

He was born June 22, 1915 in Fayette. He was a cattle farmer and a founding member of Providence Baptist Church in Gallion. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include two sisters, Eldean Burge, Linden, Lena Cunningham, Montgomery; five nephews, Jimmie Cunningham, San Francisco, Calif., Johnny Cunningham, George Allen Cunningham, Allen Peaton, all of Montgomery, Sonny Wright, Dallas, Texas; four nieces, Deetsie Rodgers, Wetumpka, Jackie Barnwell, Houston, Texas, Faye Anton, Linden, Leola Kennedy, Lubbock, Texas; and a host of great nephews and nieces;

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Gray Peaton, his mother, Blanche Barley Peaton Henson, two brothers, Leon Peaton, Louis Peaton and a sister, Beulah Wright.

A graveside service was June 29 at 11 a.m. in Linden Memorial Park with Rev. Billy Harris officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Linden directed.

Active pallbearers were Johnny Cunningham, Sonny Wright, Andrew Thomas, Glen Trotman, Scott Rogers and Steve Rogers.

Smith

Joyce Annette Smith, 77, of Northport died June 28, 2006 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

She was born Feb. 11, 1929 in Tallahatta Springs. She was a former bank teller.

Survivors include one son, Steve M. (Cathy) Smith, Demopolis, three daughters, Gayle (Tommy) McLauren, Pachuta, Miss., Carol S. (Tommy) Taylor, Northport, Beverly S. (Forrest) Schrum, Rome, Ga.; one brother, Donald (Reba) Pugh, Thomasville; one sister, Dianne (Roy) Dyess, Robertsdale; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was June 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Forest Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Don Smith officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

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