2006-11-09 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Minnie B. Smith, 92, of Calvert died Oct. 31, 2006 at Lynnwood Nursing Home in Mobile.

She was born March 25, 1914. She was a native of the Winn Community of Jackson. She was a member of Berry's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Winn where she served in the missionary society and sang in the choir. She was a retired housekeeper.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Andrews, Detroit, Mich.; three sisters, Willadean (John Lee) Calhoun, Grove Hill, Bertha Lee Howze, Waterloo, Iowa, Melvadean Smith (Edmond) Dean, Mobile; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild.

The service was Nov. 4 at noon at Berry's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church with Rev. O.L. Thomas officiating. Burial was in Berry's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Cemetery. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Clifton Adam Autery, 82, of Pine Hill died Oct. 30, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 18, 1923. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He was a retired millwright.

Survivors include three sons, Winfred Autery, Georgia, Clifton Autery, Mobile, Michael Autery, Pine Hill; three daughters, Gwendolyn Autery, Corvallis, Oregon, Cynthia Barr, Pine Hill, Shirley Rolison, Mobile; one sister, Eulean Potts, Pine Hill; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Enon Cemetery with Rev. Lister Hill officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.


DeJournette Charlton Wilkinson, III, 58, of Lamison died Nov. 1, 2006 at his residence. He was born Aug. 1, 1948 in Selma.

Survivors include two brothers, Ray Boozer Wilkinson, Lamison, Everett (Pete) Wilkinson, Providence; nephew, Ryan Wilkinson, niece, Beth Samford.

The service was Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Leon Harris officiating. Burial was in the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were John Brunson, Joe McGilberry, Tommy Anthony, Reagan Daniels, Don Lane and Bruce Flowers.

Honorary pallbearers were Ray Maness, Al Moseley, Nelson Parker, Brandon Stephens, Leonard Moseley, Julius Hope and Johnny Reed.


Cecil Wayne Gilchrist, 51, of Grove Hill died Nov. 1, 2006 at a Mobile hospital.

He was born June 22, 1955. He was a member of the Magnolia Assembly of God Church in Grove Hill. He was retired from the Clarke County Engineer's Office Road and Bridge Department where he worked for 27 years.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth (James) Pugh, Thomasville; four brothers, James (Wilda) Gilchrist, Alma, Gary (Beverly) Gilchrist, Panama City, Fla., Phil (Dorothy) Gilchrist, Jackson, Stevie (Betty) Gilchrist, Grove Hill; one sister Jackie (Ray) Williams, Lower Peach Tree; special aunt, Eloise James; nine nephews and nieces; one great-niece; two great-nephews.

The service was Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill with Bro. Al Crawford officiating. Burial was in the Magnolia Cemetery in Grove Hill.

Active pallbearers were Tony Gilchrist, Grady Wilkerson, Wrangler Williams, Chase Williams, Phillip Gilchrist, David Gilchrist, Stan Gilchrist and Jimmy Wayne Wiggins.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of the Clarke County Road and Bridge Department, Jimmy James, Terry Burroughs, Mervine Pugh, Doug Parnell Jr., Earl Wilson, Ricky Burroughs, David Carl Wright, Jimmy Fuller, Herbert Burroughs and Daryl Harvey.


Richard Aubon Woodham, 92, of Coffeeville died Nov. 4, 2006 at a local health care facility in Thomasville.

He was born Dec. 2, 1913. He was a member of Ulcanush Baptist Church in Coffeeville. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired self-employed farmer.

Survivors include three brothers, George Woodham, Coffeeville, Ben Woodham, Montgomery, Emelle Woodham, Daytona Beach, Fla.; one sister, Virginia Greene, Jackson.

The service was Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at Ulcanush Baptist Church with Revs. Jesse Griffith and Roscoe Wentworth officiating. Burial was in the Ulcanush Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Johnnie Katherine Leggitte Barrett, 80, of Tuscaloosa, died Nov. 6, 2006.

Johnnie was born in Mobile on Dec. 12, 1925. She spent her childhood in Chatom and Grove Hill where her parents ran the Leggitte Hotel. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Music Education, she worked for the Central Accounting Office, Bureau of Budget in Washington, D.C., returning home to teach at Clarke County High School when her father became ill. During the Korean Conflict she worked with the American Red Cross as a recreational therapist at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. After moving to Tuscaloosa, she worked as clerk for the Bankruptcy Court until retirement. She was an active member of the Business and Professional Women's Association and Altrusa. As a volunteer with the Crisis Line of Tuscaloosa and other organizations, she developed an interest in counseling. After retirement, she obtained a degree in counseling from the University of Alabama and worked at the University of Alabama Counseling Center and later at Shelton State Community College. Having a lifelong interest in dancing, she taught ballroom dancing at Shelton State.

She was a lifelong musician who began her music career at the age of 15, playing piano in a band for the troops at Craig and Maxwell Air Bases. While attending the University of Alabama, she performed with the Crimson Cavaliers and played piano for the University Radio Station. After graduation, she continued her lifetime music career as a pianist, piano teacher, and member of many bands, including the Dixie Downbeats and Paper Moon. Her positive attitude, love of learning new things, and sharing of her great musical talent, were gifts to all who knew her.

A graveside service will be Thursday, (today), Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Grove Hill Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Dunivant officiating. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist, Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m., with a reception following the service. Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel will direct.

Survivors include her daughter, Katherine Barrett (Gordon) Bryars; granddaughters, Katie (Paul) Wenner, Portland, Ore., Lee Bryars, (Grant Scott), Boston, Mass., and Jamie Bryars of Tuscaloosa; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Whittice Leggitte and Katherine Lee Ainsworth Leggitte; her husband, George Frederick Barrett, and her grandson, David Gordon Bryars.

In lieu of flowers, Johnnie requested that donations be made to the Johnnie Katherine Leggitte Barrett Endowed Scholarship Fund for the University of Alabama School of Music, P.O. Box 870268, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.


Louella Patrick Carstarphen, 93, of Lower Peach Tree died Oct. 25, 2006 in Thomasville.

She was born Aug. 14, 1913. She was a member of the Pugh Success Chapter #838 Order of Eastern Stars. She was a member of the Alpha and Omega Glorious Temple Holiness Church.

Survivors include seven sons, Bobby Earl Carstarphen, John Henry Carstarphen, Leroy Carstarphen, Freddie Lee Carstarphen, James Charles Carstarphen, Earnest Carstarphen, Percy Carstarphen; one step-son, Wilson Carstarphen; six daughters, Annie Rodgers, Virginia Portis, Lillie Williams, Minnie Pearl Carstarphen, Eliza Hammonds, Ola Williams; one brother, Erby Lee Patrick; 78 grandchildren; 171 great-grandchildren; 60 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Carstarphen Sr. and one son, Joe David Carstarphen.

The service was Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at All Saints Holiness Church of Lower Peach Tree with Overseer Raymond McConnell officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Sinai A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Reese Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were her grandsons.


Sara Lindsey "Sally" Dobbs, 59, of Enterprise died Oct. 30, 2006 at the family's residence.

She was born Dec. 25, 1946. She taught second grade at Pinedale Elementary School in Enterprise for 15 years. She was the office manager of Dobbs Eye clinic. She also worked with a floral design business for three years. She was an avid gardener with a special interest in roses and orchids.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Gary D. Dobbs, Enterprise; one daughter, Dr. Charlene Dobbs (Raymond Lester) Chisum, Franklin, Tenn.; one son, Dr. James Anthony Dobbs, Enterprise; two grandchildren; other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Ray and Sara Langston Lindsey and a brother, Andrew Lindsey.

The service was Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Enterprise with Dr. G. Lance Hogan officiating. Burial was in the Meadowlawn Cemetery. Patterson-Sorrells Funeral Home of Enterprise directed.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Enterprise First Baptist Church, Youth or Education Fund, 302 N. Main Street, Enterprise, AL 36330.


Christopher Kevin Gates, 41, of New Orleans, La. died Oct. 31, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 22, 1965. He was born in Mobile and lived in Saraland for 20 years. He was a longtime bartender in the French Quarter of Bywater and Marigny. He loved music.

Survivors include his parents, Jenkins and Orinell Gates, Jackson; two brothers, Brent Gates, Butler, Derek Gates, Jackson.

A memorial service is pending. Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home of Metairie, La. directed.

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