2006-08-17 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Josephine Kelly Davis, 87, of New York died Aug. 10, 2006 at Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway, New York.

She was born July 10, 1919 to the late John Kelly and Irene Walker Kelly. She was a native of Kushla and a former resident of Carlton. She was a member of St. John AME Church of Eight Mile where she was a stewardess. Upon relocating to New York, she joined Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York where she was a deaconess.

Survivors include her step-mother, Mello Kelly, Eight Mile; four sons, Albert Davis Jr., Oakland, Calif., Rev. Clayton (Evelyn) Davis Sr., Whatley, Roy Davis, Eight Mile, Lessie M. (Jeanne) Davis, West Melbourne, Fla.; four daughters, Virginia L. Davis, Brooklyn, New York, Daisy (Thomas) Davis-Credle, Laurelton, New York, Dellie (Charles) Davis-Matthews, Springfield Gardens, New York, Elsie (Donnie Sr.) Virgil, Greensboro, N.C.; six brothers, James Kelly, Elijah Kelly, Joseph (Sarah) Kelly, Phillip (Joyce) Kelly, Raymond (Christine) Kelly, Nathaniel "Henry" (Ernestine) Kelly, all of Eight Mile; 31 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. until noon at time of the service at St. John AME Church in Eight Mile. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery of Mauvilla in Eight Mile. The funeral cortege will leave Andrews Funeral Home Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 a.m. Crowe's Funeral Home in Queens, New York and Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson will direct.


The funeral for James Walter Edwards Sr., 78, of Orange Beach who died Aug. 7, 2006 at his residence was held Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Grove Hill Baptist Church. He was a former resident of Grove Hill.

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.

Rev. Damon Aust conducted the service. Euologies were given by his grandchildren, Julie Price, Melanie Clarke, Eli Edwards and Eric Edwards, and a friend, Sid Chapman. A nephew, Tom Krishiner, sang "Beullah Land" and "Heaven is Worth it All."

Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Eli Edwards, Eric Edwards, Andrew Wiggins and a nephew, Blake Edwards, Neal Edwards, Ronnie Zimmerman, Bill Zimmerman Jr. and Glen Holley.

Honorary pallbearers were Nolen Bryant, Billy Fowler, Bob Grimes, Dennis Feltman, Chester Henderson, Fred Kilgore, Vernon Rivers and Jimmy Wiggins.

Burial was in the Grove Hill Cemetery.


Lyman Edward Faith, 84, of St. Stephens died Aug. 13, 2006 at his residence.

He was born April 29, 1922. He was a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church. He was a retired millwright with Olin Corporation. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Lois Faith, St. Stephens; two sons, Larry Faith, St. Stephens, Lyman A. Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.; one daughter, Edwina Bell, Jackson; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

The service was Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at the St. Stephens United Methodist Church. Burial was in the St. Stephens United Methodist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill directed.


Nealie Mae Smith, 70, of Saraland died Aug. 9, 2006 in an Eight Mile nursing facility.

She was born Jan. 11, 1936. She was a native of Clarke County. She was a member of the West Bend Baptist Church.

Survivors include six sons, Ronnie Smith, Jimmy Harold Smith, both of Satsuma, Howard Bruce Smith, Magnolia, Texas, Michael Darren Smith, Axis, Kenny O'Neal Smith, Georgetown, Larry Randall Smith, Mobile; four brothers, Jimmy Pritchett, Jacksonville, Ark., Raymond Pritchett, Tennessee, Willie J. Pritchett, Mississippi, Charles Pritchett, Jackson; two sisters, Ruth Stringer, Ruby Dean McHaney, both of Jackson; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

The service was Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson with Rev. Mike Maloy officiating. Burial was in the West Bend Cemetery.


Marjorie Emily Stuckey, 85, of Jackson died Aug. 13, 2006 at a local health care facility.

She was born Sept. 23, 1920. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson. She was a retired nurse at Jackson Hospital.

Survivors include three daughters, Pat S. Dixon, Jackson, Pamella S. Cook, Milton, Fla., Paula S. Moseley, Moulton; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

The service was Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jackson with Dr. Tim Huey and Rev. Keith Pugh officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Winn. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Active pallbearers were Rick Finch, Brent Finch, Allen Finch, Joshua Dixon, Frank Dixon, Mickey Moseley, Jim Cook, Jenny Moseley and Jessica Dixon, who are the grandsons, granddaughters and sons-in-law.

Honorary pallbearers were Quinton Brooks, Sid Coxwell, Tommy Coxwell, Joey Coxwell, Monte Smith, Bobby Smith, James Harrell, Chuck Harrell, Ray Harrell and Jerry Coxwell, who are nephews.


Nina Estelle Friddle, 94, of Thomasville died Aug. 12, 2006 at Bedford Care Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

She was born Feb. 28, 1912 in Clarke County. She was a member of the Thomasville Church of God. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Karlbin "Red" (JoAnn) Friddle, Lottie, La., Albert (LaNell) Friddle, Ackerman, Miss.; two daughters, Teresa Ault, Thomasville, Anita (Bill) Keebler, Hattiesburg, Miss.; two brothers, Dr. John Albert (Rachael) Hunt, Decatur, Dillard (Eunice) Hunt, Pell City; 29 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 37 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. O.G. Friddle, two sons, Harwell Friddle, Freas Friddle and a daughter, Maxine Brister.

The service was Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. with Revs Griel Smith, Gilbert McIntyre and Raymond Williams officiating. Burial was in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Stan Keebler, Joe Ault, Dewayne Mandolini, Marty Friddle, Mike Friddle and Bill Friddle.

Alternate pallbearers were Bill Rogers, Ricky Ault and Jeff Friddle.


Herman Ott, 77, of Thomasville died Aug. 13, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

He was born June 20, 1929. He was a member of the American Legion Post #112 in Thomasville. He was a veteran of the United States Army of the Korean Conflict. He was a retired carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie T. Ott, Thomasville; one son, Jackie (Lisa) Soper, Toxey; three daughters, June (James) Buchanan, Denise (Danny Griffin) Anderson, all of Toxey, Cindy (Jerry) Ogle, Thomasville; four brothers, Sybil Ott, Mobile, J.W. (Jackie) Ott, Brent, Jr. (Marie) Ott, Vester (Betsy) Ott, all of Thomasville; one sister, Ruby (Malford) Horton, Mobile; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; host of nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Okey Ott; one brother, three sisters and a grandchild, Jeff Jenkins.

The service was Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Revs. Fred Wylie, Scott Myers and Nat Ballard officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville.


Blanch Maryne "Ren" Turk, 83, of Thomasville died Aug. 8, 2006 at her residence.

She was born March 18, 1923 in Greensboro. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She was a fish salesperson.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Earl Turk, Thomasville; three sons, Bernard (Linda) Smitherman, Ovida, Fla., Billy (Mary) Fendley, Fulton, Danny (Lafon) Barlow, Selma; five daughters, Lensor Jo (Phil) Smith, Tulip, Ark., Jackie (Roger) Irvin, Terri (John) Smith, Sandy (Doug) Smith, all of Sweet Water, Jo (Ricky) Sellers, Thomasville; one sister, Ethylene Pujol, Bunkie, La.; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Vickie Barlow; three brothers, Charlie Williamson, Jerry Williamson, Roger Williamson and two sisters, Valerie Fendley and Jean Ballard.

The service was Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Robert Dean officiating. Burial was in the Forest Springs Cemetery in Morvin. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Stanley Turk, Jerry Brannan, Johnny Ballard, Nate Ballard, Brock Fendley and Mickey Irvin.


Johnnie James Cook, 73, of Arlington died Aug. 2, 2006 at Vaughn Regional in Selma. He was born Oct. 18, 1932.

Survivors include his wife, Ira D. Cook, Arlington; four sons, Donnie Cook, Dwight Cook, Derrick Cook, Alonzo Cook, Birmingham; one daughter, Charlotte Cook Hamby, Colorado; one brother, Frank Cook, Birmingham.

The service was Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Shady Union Baptist Church in Vineland with Rev. Alfred Pritchett officiating. Burial was in the Shady Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.

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