2006-11-23 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


James Dwayne Alford, 47, of Coffeeville died Nov. 16, 2006 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

He was born May 2, 1959 in Thomasville. He was a member of Grove Hill Methodist Protestant Church. He was a carpenter.

Survivors include his father, James Alford, Thomasville; his mother, Ann Alford, Thomasville; his wife, Ruthie Wynn Alford, Coffeeville; one son, Josh (Angela) Alford, Chatom; one daughter, April (Mitchell) Aiken, Magnolia; two sisters, Vicky (Dale) Dumas, Grove Hill, Cindy (Ricky) Hudson, Thomasville; five grandchildren; three nieces; two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Myron Neal Alford; his grandfather, Rufus Alford; two grandmothers, Willie Grey Ott, Ollie Mae Dews, an uncle, Johnny "Pro" Ott.

The service was Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. with Revs. Benny Crawford and Teddy Ott officiating. Burial was in the Kelley Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Dale Dumas, Arthur Dale Young, Chuck Andrews, Travis Hudson, Henry Wynn, Russell Ott, Terry Ogle and J.J. Kitrell.

Honorary pallbearers were Rick Patterson, Jeremy Ogle, Jonathan Ogle, Mitchell Aiken, Elroy Alford, Steve Kelley, Dale Young, Michael Gregory, Dean Dumas, David Jordan and Alex Taylor.


Marvin Daugherty, 80, of McIntosh died Nov. 17, 2006.

He was born Sept. 14, 1926. He was a member of the McIntosh United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from the V.A. Administration in Jackson, Miss. as Chief of Medical Administration.

Survivors include one daughter, Marlo Daugherty, Pensacola, Fla.; two brothers, Carrol Daugherty, McIntosh, Gerald Daugherty, Valdosta, Ga.; six sisters, Helen Touchstone, Heidelberg, Miss., Bernice Rocray, Cape Code, Mass., Dr. Bonnie McGee, College Station, Texas, Ruthie Everette, Velma Patrick, both of McIntosh, Betty Milstead, Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Nona Mae Daugherty; two brothers, Elwood Daugherty, Elmer Daugherty.

The service was Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson with Rev. Earl Watson officiating. Burial was in the McIntosh United Methodist Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Ben Franklin Griffin Sr., 81, of Jackson died Nov. 4, 2006 at a health care facility in Baldwin County.

He was born March 26, 1925. He was a native of Gross, Miss. He was a member of Jones Chapel Methodist Church and Perry's Chapel. He was a World War II veteran serving with the Army Air Corp. He was a retired captain of the Alabama State Conservation Department.

Survivors include his wife, Betty M. Griffin, Jackson; one son, Ben F. "Benji" Griffin Jr., Gulf Shores; two daughters, Kay Williamson, New Orleans, La., Jan Griffin, Jackson; two sisters, Marquerite Holly, Frances Griffin, both of Midfield; three grandchildren.

The service was Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson on Highway 43. Burial was in Perry's Chapel Cemetery.


Jimmie Dock Loper, 62, of Millry died Nov. 19, 2006 at a local convalescent center.

He was born July 19, 1944. He was a native of Chatom. He was a resident of Millry until entering the convalescent center. He was a member of Yarbo Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Helen Loper, Yarbo; two brothers, Kennedy Loper, Fairhope, Wayne Loper, Jackson; three sisters, Doris Busby, Bessie Singleton, both of Yarbo, Ann Holton, Jackson.

The service was Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at Yarbo Assembly of God Church with Rev. Curtis Morris officiating. Burial was in the Springbank Baptist Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Chatom directed.


Annie Mae Fowler Paul, 97, of Dothan died Nov. 15, 2006 at a family residence in Ragland.

She was born June 1, 1909. She was a native of Allen. She was a member of Memphis Baptist Church in Dothan. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, John G. Paul, Riverside; one daughter, Elizabeth (Ray) Fell, Dothan; two sisters, Bernice Campbell, Grove Hill, Voncile Sheffield, Montgomery; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Paul, and son, Randall Paul.

The service was Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at Union Baptist Church on the Allen Walker Road in Grove Hill. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill directed.


Raymond Orlando Perotti Sr., 78, of Grove Hill died Nov. 18, 2006 at a local hospital in Montgomery.

He was born July 31, 1928. He was a native of Torrington, Conn. He was a World War II veteran. He was self-employed as a truck driver.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond O. Perotti Jr., Montgomery, John Perotti, Massachusetts; one daughter, Pamela Hardy, Fairfax, Va.; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

The service was Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill. Burial was in the Magnolia Lawn Cemetery in Grove Hill.


Julian B. (Boots) Brock, 85, of Graceville, Fla. died Nov. 17, 2006 at NFCH Nursing Facility in Chipley, Fla.

He was born June 29, 1921. He was a lifetime resident and respected businessman in Graceville. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific Theater under the Wildcat Division.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Gibbs Brock, Graceville, Fla.; two sons, Gene (Annice) Brock, Graceville, Jimmy (Colleen) Brock, Panama City, Fla.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The service was Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Williams Funeral Home in Graceville with Dr. Jerry Oswalt officiating. Burial was in the Marvin Chapel Cemetery in Graceville, Fla.


Frank Russell, 76, died Nov. 14, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

He was born Feb. 20, 1930. He was a native of Clarke County. He was a member of Cedar Point Baptist Church in West Bend. He was a retired logger.

Survivors include three sons, Cleveland Russell, West Bend, Frank Russell Jr., Mobile, Labarrion Russell, Thomasville; three daughters, Minnie Russell, Schenectady, N.Y., Mona Bass, West Bend, Janese Hayes, Thomasville; one brother, Jessie Walker, West Bend; one sister, Lillie M. Norwood, Mobile; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

The service was Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at Cedar Point Baptist Church with Rev. Lonnie Williams officiating. Burial was in Barney-Rainey Cemetery in West Bend. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.

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