2006-10-05 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


William O. Edge, 86, of Grove Hill died Oct. 3, 2006 in a local hospital.

He was born Aug. 19, 1920. He was a native of Fulton. He was a member of Tompkins Baptist Church. He served as a deacon of the church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army Signal Corp. He was also a Master Mason and a member of the Grove Hill Volunteer Fire Department. He was retired as a salesman for Alabama Institutional Foods.

Survivors include his wife, Trula (Trudy) V. Edge, Grove Hill; one son, Ward (Esther) Edge, Grove Hill; one daughter, Brenda (David) Coleman, Jackson; one brother, Larson Edge, Moble; one sister, Thelma Pugh, Grove Hill; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday morning (today) at 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at 11 a.m. at the Tompkins Baptist Church with Revs. Don Newton and Johnnie Gillis officiating. Burial will be in the Tompkins Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill will direct.

Active pallbearers will be Larry Edge, Billy Edge, Raymond Pugh, Terry Pugh, Rodger Pugh and John Jones.


Edd Dewayne Stifflemire, 51, of Grove Hill died Sept. 28, 2006 at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital.

He was born Aug. 3, 1955 in Grove Hill. He was a member of the Bassett Creek Baptist Church. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was employed by the Town of Grove Hill as City Clerk.

Survivors include his wife, Stella Stifflemire, Grove Hill; three daughters, Pam (Scotty) Mercer, Laurel, Miss., Janet Byrd, Laurel, Miss., Debbie (Darren) Combs, Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren.

The service was Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Kynard officiating. Burial was in the Bassett Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Grove Hill.

Active pallbearers were Royce Kelley, Lamar Hudson, Levon Hicks, Jack Jones, Michael Bailey and Winky Hicks.

Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Carpenter, Gray Mosley, Gene Barlow and Amos Johnson.


Pearlie "Big-Mut" Peavy Edwards, 101, of the Salitpa community of Jackson died Sept. 26, 2006 at her residence.

She was born Jan. 26, 1905. She was a member of Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church where she was active in the missionary society. She was recognized as the Church Mother. She was a retired domestic.

Survivors include one devoted and faithful daughter, Rosa Lee (Rev. Johnny Lee Cox Jr.) Cox; 11 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren.

The service was Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Salitpa with Rev. Johnny Cox officiating. Burial was in the Good Hope Baptist Cemetery in Salitpa. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Thelma Johnson Pullom, 93, of the Ebenezer community of Jackson died Sept. 26, 2006 at Jackson Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 13, 1913. She was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church as a child and joined St. Union Baptist Church under watch care. At St. Union she sang in the senior choir for many years. She was a member of the Missionary Circle #3. She served faithfully and attended church regularly until her death. She retired as a cook.

Survivors include one son, Robert Lewis (Susie) Malone, Jackson; one brother, Agee Johnson, Jackson; three grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

The service was Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. at the St. Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. James M. Howard officiating. Burial was in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Jackson. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Gabeler Clarke Philen, 85, of Fulton died Sept. 22, 2006 at Jackson Health Care Facility. She was born July 8, 1921.

Survivors include three sons, John C. Philen, Robert M. (Gloria) Philen, Robert Philen, all of Fulton; two daughters, Inez Russell, Barbara (Calvin) Barganier, all of Fulton; one sister, Georgia B. Clarke, Thomasville; one God-brother, John Lee Bettis, Fulton.

The service was Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Spencer Chapel A.M.E. Church in Fulton with Rev. Clausell Boykin officiated. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery in Fulton. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.


Essie Mae Wilson, of Lower Peach Tree, 66, died Sept. 23, 2006 in New York.

She was born Feb. 1, 1940. She was employed at the Huntington Freedom Day Care Center in New York.

Survivors include five brothers, James (Ernestine) Campbell, Mobile, Elder Willie (Donnell) Wilson, Deacon Louis (Peggy) Wilson, all of Fulton, Frank (Inez) Wilson, Saraland, Cossie (Bernice) Wilson, Mobile; three sisters, Mary Jean (Rev. Richard) Davis, Mobile, Jewel (Charles) Strickland, Deer Park, N.Y., Betty (Tommy) McCaskill, L.A., Calif.

The service was Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. at the St. Thomas A.M.E. Church in Lower Peach Tree with Rev. Lionel Smith officiating. Burial was in the St. Thomas A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.

The family of Stephon (Bubba) Horn would like to express heartfelt appreciation for prayers, thoughts and acts of kindness shown during their time of bereavement.

Thanks so much

We would like to thank everyone for being so nice during Branton's stay in the VA Hospital. A special thanks to Drs. Neal and Maria Quendo and to everyone for your prayers. Please continue to pray for him.

Branton Gilchrist and family

Dear Friends and Family,

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for the many ways you have remembered Bill during the past weeks. The cards and memorials have meant so much to all of us.

Bill made his home in Choctaw County, but his heart remained in Clarke County. To all of you who attended his service, we appreciate you sharing those moments with us. Your kindness will always be remembered.


The family of Bill R. Harrell,

Carol, Kay, Amy and Nick

In Memory of

Jesse Ford Brunson

Aug. 8, 1926-Oct. 3, 2005

The Broken Chain

You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Sadly missed,

Wife-Elizabeth and children

In Loving Memory of

Mrs. Georgia Barnett

Oct. 9, 1913-Nov. 24, 2003

BigMa, I believe God sent you

down from heaven

as a gift more precious than gold.

And even though you stayed

but for a little while we will

remember you as you were an angel of mine.

Today we think of your love, laughter and

all you left behind.

We love and miss you.

The Barnett family

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