2006-08-10 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries

Chapman

Blondia Mae Chapman, 71, a native and resident of the Winn community of Jackson died Aug. 4, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center.

She was born May 27, 1935 to the late Pearlie Chapman and Ollie Mae Martin Chapman. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2 of Grove Hill.

Survivors include one brother, Rev. Vayton (Shirley J.) Chapman, Coffeeville; one sister, Lillian Chapman, Winn community, Jackson.

She was a preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Chapman Sr. and a sister, Carrie Pearl Pugh.

The service was Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2 of Grove Hill with Rev. Cory J. Pruitt officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2 Cemetery. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Childs

Randal Oliver Childs, 58, of Jackson died Aug. 1, 2006 in a medical facility in Birmingham.

He was born Sept. 2, 1947. He was a native of Langdale, Ala. He was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church of Walker Springs. He was a member of the Clarke County Mounted Sheriff's Posse. He was a carpenter for CHC Builders.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Clyde Childs, Jackson; his wife, Charlotte Childs, Jackson; three sons, Kyle Childs, Jason Childs, Scott Childs, all of Jackson; one sister, Linda Smith, Chunchula; five grandchildren.

The service was Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery in Jackson.

Edwards

James Walter Edwards Sr., 78, of Orange Beach died Aug. 7, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 9, 1927. He was a native of Selma and former resident of Grove Hill. He was a founding member of the Island Fellowship Baptist Church in Orange Beach where he served as chairman of the deacons and was a Sunday school teacher. He was active in the Orange Beach community, regularly assisting others in need. He enjoyed gardening and southern horticulture, tending to a fruit orchard. He was retired as a hardware salesman for Tissier Hardware Supply Co. in Selma, retiring in 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Nichols Edwards, Orange Beach; two sons, James W. (Ann) Edwards Jr., Anniston, Richard R. Edwards, Orange Beach; two daughters, Kay E. Clarke, Birmingham, Vikki E. Wiggins, Mobile; three brothers, John Ray Edwards, Montgomery, Houston Edwards, Mike Edwards, both of Selma; one sister, Mary Ruth Holley, Selma; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, (tonight), Aug. 10 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill. The service will be Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Grove Hill Baptist Church. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery.

Skipper

Mary Alice Skipper, 84, of Jackson died Aug. 4, 2006 at a local health care facility.

She was born May 11, 1922. She was a native of Walker Springs. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Jackson. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Rowland, Mobile; four brothers, Alfred Bayles, Marvin Bayles, both of Mobile, Jimmy Bayles, Monroeville, Willard Bayles, Jackson; one sister, Bernice Hicks, Grove Hill; three grandchildren.

The service was Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial was in Trinity Memorial Gardens in Jackson.

Skipworth

Georgia Skipworth, 91, of Saraland for the past 18 years, died Aug. 7, 2006 at a local health facility.

She was a native of Grove Hill. She was a charter member of Magnolia Assembly of God Church in Grove Hill. She retired from Vanity Fair as a machine operator after 30 years.

Survivors include three children, Delouise (Thomas) Tucker, Charles (Joann) Skipworth, both of Saraland, Howard (Bonnie) Skipwroth, Joelton, Tenn.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews, sister-in-law and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Fannie West, her husband, Howard Skipworth, four sisters, Lucy Schultz, Bertha Doc Weaver, Lizzie O'Gwyn, Annie Pearl Tuberville; one brother, Douglas West.

The service will be Thursday, (today), Aug. 10 at 12 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the Magnolia Lawn Cemetery.

Agee

Jessie Gilder Agee, 93, of Thomasville died Aug. 5, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center in Thomasville.

He was born Dec. 22, 1912 in Thomasville. He worked all of his life as a farmer.

Survivors include one daughter, Marie A. (Willis) Slade, Thomasville; one sister, Jeanette White, Coffeeville; one granddaughter, Alissa Slade, Tallahassee, Fla.

A graveside service was held Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. in the Bashan Baptist Church with Revs. Mark Dunn and Randy Walker officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Memorials may be made to the Bashan Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or to the Elam Baptist Church Building Fund.

Active pallbearers were Harold Agee, Joe Dodds III, Moody Day, Michael White, Cecil White and Henry White.

Baugh

Mack Lavaughn Baugh, 75, of Thomasville died Aug. 1, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center in Thomasville.

He was born Oct. 30, 1930 in the Bassett Creek Community. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Thomasville. He was retired from Scotch Lumber Company where he worked as Industrial Electrical Superintendent.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtis Baugh, Thomasville; one son, Lynn (Mae Lynn) Baugh, Thomasville; one daughter, Marcia L. Baugh, Thomasville; one sister, Grace Baugh Martin, Fulton; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The service was Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Bill Faircloth officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Gerald Newton, Jody Daniels, Jerry Gates, Fritz Bates, LaDon Harvell and Lamar Rutledge.

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Liberty Baptist Church.

Kelley

Bobby Dean Kelley, 60, of Thomasville died Aug. 3, 2006 a Providence Hospital in Mobile.

He was born June 14, 1946 in Greenville, Miss. He was a member of Springfield Methodist Protestant Church. He was a former deputy for the Clarke County Sheriff's Department. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a member of the Oliver Lodge #334 F&AM.

Survivors include his father, Gordon Kelley, Thomasville; his wife, Sandra Kelley, Thomasville; one daughter, Nicole (Don) Young, Thomasville; three brothers, Boyce Kelley, Thomasville, Thomas Kelley, Mobile, Billy Kelley, Madison; two sisters, Audrey Beckner, Elaine Kelley, both of Madison; two grandchildren.

The service was Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. with Revs. Benny Crawford and Mark Lambert officiating. Burial was in the Kelley Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Billy Kelley, Thomas G. Kelley, Thomas M. Kelley, Scott Kelley, Gary Beckner and Micky Courtney.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Oliver Lodge #334 F & AM.

Rutherford

Thelma Earline Rutherford, 73, of Thomasville died Aug. 3, 2006 at Regency Riley Hospital in Meridian, Miss.

She was born March 20, 1933 in Thomasville. She was a member of Midway Baptist Church in Thomasville. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, James Rutherford, Vineland; four daughters, Carole Rutherford Goodman, Kathy Rutherford, Patsy Dement, all of Thomasville, Rita Womack, Camden; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Underwood Rutherford.

The service was Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Revs. Wayne Sheppard and Glen Akridge officiating. Burial was in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were Kenneth Blake, Lee Dennison, Steven Dement, Jason Wilson, Phil Myers, James Rutherford Jr., Christian Rutherford and Wesley Rutherford.

Payne

Bobbie "Boo" McInnish Payne, 63, of Monroe, La. died Aug. 1, 2006 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

She was born Aug. 18, 1942 in East Tallassee. She graduated from Troy State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a double minor in English and music. In college, she was a cheerleader. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota-National Music Honorary Fraternity. She was listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers; was presented the Outstanding Award from the State of Louisiana as a "Louisiana Unsung Hero in Education." Mrs. Payne taught school in River Oaks and Grace Episcopal Schools.

In 1976 the family moved to Monroe where she resided until her death. While in Monroe she was very active in St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Chancel Choir, taught Sunday school and worked in the United Methodist Women's group. She directed the Caroler and Cherub Choirs for children at the church. She was a member of the Spirit Builder's Sunday School and was active until her death.

Survivors include her mother, Reeva Pouncey McInnish, Birmingham; one son, James Arthur Payne Jr., Covington, La.; one daughter, Elizabeth (Beth) Payne Cummings, Monroe; one sister, Reeva Kay (Tom) Matthews; one grandson; three nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, James Arthur Payne Sr. and her father, Kenzie Fristo McInnish.

The service was Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Monroe, La. with Revs. Dick Humphries and Susan Ferguson officiating. A private burial was at the Columbarium at the church. Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Monroe, LA directed.

Memorials may be made to the Music Ministry of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1901 Lexington Avenue, Monroe, LA 71201, Grace Episcopal School, 1400 North Fourth Street, Monroe, LA 71201 or a charity of your choice.

Willoughby

George Milton Willoughby, 82, of Bessemer died July 27, 2006 at his residence.

He was born April 1, 1924. He was the son of the late R.M. and Annie Willoughby of Grove Hill.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Willoughby, Bessemer, his children and grandchildren; one brother, Jack Willoughby, Grove Hill; one sister, Clara W. Morgan, Whatley; numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Louisiana.

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