2006-07-20 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries

Bauer

Leila Belle Bauer, 91, of Jackson died July 14, 2006 at a local health care facility.

She was born July 20, 1914. She was a former resident of Citronelle. She attended First Baptist Church of Jackson. She was a member of the TEL Class, the Garden Club of Citronelle and was valedictorian of her senior class. She had worked as a division manager with Sears.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy (Jean) Schott, Madison, Miss.; one daughter, Peggy (Joseph) Sellers, Jackson; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was July 18 at 10 a.m. at Pine Crest Cemetery in Jackson. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Dyess

Gladys W. Dyess, 92, of Grove Hill died July 9, 2006 at the home of her daughter, Barbara Bradford in Mobile.

She was born April 16, 1914. She was a native of Zimco. She was a member of Grove Hill Baptist Church. She was a retired nurse practitioner and dietitian from Grove Hill Memorial Hospital. She loved her hometown of Grove Hill and the people very much.

Survivors include three children, Curtis (Jean) Wayne, Mobile, Morris (Ruth) Dyess, Grove Hill, Barbara Jean (Alton) Bradford, Mobile; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was July 11 at 11 a.m. in the Magnolia Lawn Cemetery in Grove Hill with Rev. Maurice Dyess officiating. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill directed.

Active pallbearers were Jeff Bradford, Charlie Busher, Dennis Powell, Terry Mathers, Wayne Wilson and Jimmy Wilson.

Garrick

Georgia Wilda Garrick, 81, of Grove Hill died July 11, 2006 at a family's residence in Grove Hill.

She was born March 10, 1925. She was a native of Thomasville. She was a member of the Grove Hill Baptist Church. She was a retired secretary with the State of Alabama Highway Department of Transportation.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth James (Melinda) Garrick, Jackson; one daughter, Esther (Ward) Edge, Grove Hill; one brother, W.L. Megginson, Mobile; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The service was July 13 at 11 a.m. at the Grove Hill Baptist Church. Burial was in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill directed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pilots for Christ-Monroeville Chapter.

Johnston

Louise Horton Johnston, 80, of McIntosh died July 12, 2006 at an area hospital.

She was born May 2, 1926. She was a native of the Winn community. She was a member of Sims Chapel United Methodist Church. She was a retired bookkeeper with Ciba Corporation.

Survivors include her mother, Gwendolyn F. Horton, Winn; three daughters, Sheryl McDonald (Wilson) Smith, Mobile, Sandra Johnston (Larry) Wilson, Leroy, Jo Ann Johnston (Robert) Hagood, Jackson; one brother, Winston Horton, Jackson; four sisters, Jeanette Booth, Cantonment, Fla., Polly Johnson, Grove Hill, Faye Bumpers, Pam Ryser, both of Winn; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gordon Johnston, her son, Dwain "Butch" Hillary McDonald, her father, Glover Wade Horton Sr. and her brother, Glover Wade Horton Jr.

The service was July 15 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial was in Sims Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Active pallbearers were her four grandsons, Brannon Crenshaw Wilson, Adam Johnston Wilson, Kyle Condie Wilson, Robert Lee Hagood III and John Troy Phillips, Wilton Kimbrough Bailey, Johnny Nell Johnston and Josh Ryan Johnston.

Payne

Marguerite Payne, 80, of Jackson died July 16, 2006 at a local hospital.

She was a native of Grove Hill. She was a member of Peniel Baptist Church. She was secretary of the Jackson Rescue Squad. She was a housewife.

Survivors include her husband, Arnell C. Payne, Jackson; one son, Garrie L. Wheat III, Jackson; one daughter, Betty Jo Rikard, Jackson; two stepsons, Van G. Payne, Jackson, Randy F. Payne, Fulton; one stepdaughter, Margaret A. Dailey, West Virginia; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kimberly Payne and Jason Payne.

The service was July 19 at 11 a.m. at the Peniel Baptist Church in Jackson. Burial was in the Peniel Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Active pallbearers were Kevin Wheat, Kent Payne, Daniel Robertson, Jay Price, Randy Bedwell and Gil Thomas.

Phillips

Joe William Phillips Sr., 86, of Laton Hill died July 14, 2006 in Waynesboro, Miss.

He was born Feb. 28, 1920. He was a member of Laton Hill Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a native of Koenton. He was a retired farmer and cattleman.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Phillips, Laton Hill; one son, Joe Phillips Jr., Laton Hill; four daughters, Jackie Parnell, Linda Godwin, Sandra Phillips, all of Laton Hill, Carolyn Williams, Fruitdale; four sisters, Ossie Mae Taylor, Millry, Dorsey Shoultz, Semmes, Fannie Jane Loper, Jackson, Lonie Reynolds, Laton Hill; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

The service was July 15 at 5 p.m. at the Laton Hill Baptist Church. Burial was in the Laton Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Chatom directed.

White

Mattie Lucille White, 80, of Coffeeville died July 15, 2006 in Jackson.

She was born March 18, 1926. She was a member of Center Point Baptist Church. She participated in St. Jude's Bike-a-thon for over 20 years. She was a retired school bus driver.

Survivors include her husband, Lewis White; one son, Rayford (Marie) White, Jackson; one daughter, Cecilia (Bobby) Brunson, Jackson; one brother, Tollie Edward "Sam" Mott, Wetumpka; five grandchildren, Kevin and Greg Brunson, Cliff White, Christy and Bama Beverly; six great-grandchildren.

The service was July 17 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Chilton.

Bennett

Bobby Earl Bennett, 69, of Fulton died July 13, 2006 at Crowne Health Care in Mobile.

He was born April 12, 1937. He was a former diesel mechanic.

Survivors included his mother, Azalea Bennett, Thomasville; three sons, Edgar D. Bennett, Dickinson, Charles Michael Bennett, Marion, Warren Neal Bennett, Fulton; one brother, Jack Bennett, Fulton; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was July 15 at 2 p.m. in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Billy Cardwell officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Bettis

James Bettis, 79, of Thomasville died July 9, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

He was born April 17, 1927. He was a member of the Southwest Alabama Elks Lodge. He was retired from the former McMillian Bloedel paper mill.

Survivors include four sons, James Otis Golsby, Robert Bettis, Willie (Tammie) Bettis and Bernard (Vandora) White of Thomasville; six daughters, Necie Larkin, Lela Bettis, Detroit, Mich., Wendy Bettis, Brenda (R.B.) Washington, Pamela (Ulysses) and Paula (Bryant) of Thomasville; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; special friend, Gloria White, Thomasville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosie M. Bettis.

The service was July 15 at 2 p.m. at New Hope #1 Baptist Church with Rev. James G. Curry officiating. Burial was in New Hope #1 Baptist Church Cemetery. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.

Active pallbearers were Jimmy Mosley, Willie F. Mosley, Linzey Coston, Rossie Coston, Kendrick Coston and James Lanier.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Southwest Alabama Elks Lodge.

Bradford

Marion L. Bradford, 76, of Vestavia Hills died Saturday, July 15, 2006 after an extended illness.

He was a member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. He was a successful architect in Alabama and Florida for over 45 years. He graduated from Auburn University and was an avid Tiger fan. He served his country in active duty in the US Army. He was also elected to the House of Representatives at the early age of 24 from Clarke County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doc and Sybil Bradford and sister, Mary. He is survived by his wife, Becky Bradford, his sons, Barry Bradford of Chattanooga, TN, Reggie Billingsley, Randy Billingsley and his daughter, Pam Winks, his grandchildren, Cameron Bradford of Chattanooga, TN, Baxter Billingsley, Sheldon Winks, Abbey Billingsley, Madison Billingsley, Benton Billingsley, Bradford Billingsley and Lilly Billingsley, his brother and sisters, Ralph Bradford of Saraland, AL, Mary Lovell of Atlanta, Joann Holliday of Mobile, AL and Betty Franklin of Mobile; AL; brothers-in-law, Ken Lovell, Norman Holliday, and Gerald Franklin, and daughters-in-law, Becki Bradford of Chattanooga, TN, Dana Billingsley and Lori Billingsley and numerous nieces and nephews.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by all of them and by his many friends. The family would like to sincerely thank New Beacon Hospice for all their support and attentiveness, especially Cheryl and Vanessa.

Visitation was Tuesday, July 18 at 11 a.m. and the service was at noon at Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood.

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