2006-12-14 / Obituaries



Iola Deas Robinson, 92, of Thomasville died Dec. 9, 2006 in Mobile.

She was born Feb. 19, 1914 in the New Prospect Community in Clarke County. She was a member of Thomasville Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Glenn (Kathy) Robinson, Camden, Jerry (Maxine) Robinson, Thomasville; two daughters, Faye Graham, Jackson, Linda (Pat) Vice, Linden; one brother, Gilmer (Lucille) Deas, Coffeeville; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville with Dr. James Best officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Mitch Robinson, Bob Graham, Hutch Thompson, Frank Robinson, Skip Robinson and Bart Pettis.


Billy Calhoun Odom, 84, died Dec. 5, 2006 at Jackson Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 2, 1922 in Grove Hill to Bettye Calhoun Odom and Henry Bowen Odom. He graduated Clarke County High School and briefly attended the University of Alabama. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic based in Liverpool, England. After the war, he worked for the telephone company in Jackson where he boarded with Mrs. Naomi Warren. She introduced him to Helen McGowin, and they were married on Oct. 17, 1947 in the parlor of the Old Warner Home in which he was still residing.

He was a long-time member of the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, a Mason in the Santa Fe Lodge #226. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jackson. He retired after many years from Boise Paper.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan Odom McCorquodale, Tuscaloosa; one son, Billy Calhoun Odom Jr., (Cindy Daugherty), Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren, Martha Virginia McCorquodale Stewart (David); Mary Helen McCorquodale Marks (Aidan) and William McGowin Odom; great-grandson, William David Stewart, sister-in-law, Martha McGowin and long-time friend and companion, Johnny Dowling who was like a son to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bettye Claire Odom Haas McDuffie; stepfather, Judge Coma Garrett Jr.; stepmother, Grace Odom and wife of nearly 60 years, Helen McGowin Odom, who died July 18, 2006.

Memorial services were held Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Jackson with Revs. Jim Du Friend and Joe Ed Hastings, cousin of the family, officiating. A private family burial was held at Pinecrest Cemetery following the service. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Margaret Loree Huggins Shewmake, 78, of Grove Hill died Dec. 10, 2006 at her residence.

She was born June 9, 1928. She was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Walker Springs. She was a retired examiner at Vanity Fair. She was a charter member of Forest Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Warren (Mildred) Shewmake, Fulton, Gerald Shewmake, Grove Hill; two daughters, Sandra (James) Johnson, Fulton, Carolyn Shewmake, Grove Hill; three sisters, Katherine Walker, Elouise Scarbrough, both of Grove Hill, Joyce Sheffield, Jackson; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-greatgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson G. Shewmake; and a daughter, Nancy L. Shewmake.

The service was Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Walker Springs with Rev. William Allison officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Gloria Jean Jackson, 46, of Manila died Dec. 10, 2006 at her residence.

She was born June 29, 1960. She was a 1978 graduate of J a c k s o n H i g h School. She was a member of the L i t t l e B u r r a h B a p t i s t Church in Manila where she served as assistant church secretary. She had worked as a security guard at Boise for Guardsman and Church's Chicken in Jackson.

Survivors include one son, Kendrick (Krystal) Jackson, Jackson; her father, Maxina Wright, Manila; three brothers, Rickey (Sharon) Wright, Los Angeles, Calif., Michael Wright, Manila, Cyrus (Gloria) Wright, Alma; four sisters, Karen (Quincy) Brooks, Shandra Wright, Sharanda Wright, all of Manila, Veda (Gray) Young, Whatley.

Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 15 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Little Burrah Baptist Church in Manila. A second visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral hour Saturday, Dec. 16 at Little Burrah. Burial will follow in the Rohden Cemetery in Manila. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home will direct.


Jimmy Curtis Franks, 25, of Yarbo died Dec. 10, 2006 due to a car accident.

He was born Jan. 26, 1981. He was employed at Millry Saw Mill.

Survivors include his mother, Annie Lee Franks, Yarbo; three brothers, Calvin (Cassandra) Franks, Chatom, Willie L. Franks, Marcus A. Franks, both of Yarbo; four sisters, Tracy (Orlando) Morse, Janet E. Franks, both of Tuscaloosa, Della (Kenneth) Rodgers, Yarbo, Alliyah (Willie) Boykin, Leroy; grandparents, Vester and Johnnie Mae Turner, Yarbo, Carrie Hurd, Barlow.

Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m. one hour before the 2:30 p.m. funeral hour at the King Chapel Baptist Church of Yarbo. Burial will follow in the Pane Hamilton Cemetery in Millry. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home will direct.


Robert Aaron Bozeman Sr., 80, of St. Stephens died Dec. 10, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 12, 1926. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Stephens.

He was a member He was a member of the Mobile Country Music Association. He

fiddler playing won several fiddler playing titles and taught many to play his favorite instrument. He was a World War II Veteran. He was retired from Ciba Geigy as a chemical operator.

Survivors include his wife, Alpha-Mae Bozeman, St. Stephens; one son, Robert Aaron Bozeman Jr., St. Stephens; three daughters, Elaine B. (Norman) Green, Charlene B. Green, Joyce B. (Larry) Allday, all of Jackson; one stepson, Joe Hicks, St. Stephens; two stepdaughters, Sharon Smith, Grove Hill, Adra Dungan, Jackson; one sister, Irma Jean Moseley, St. Stephens; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three step-greatgrandchildren.

The service was Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Bros. Gary Patrick and Mike Maloy officiating. Burial was in the First Baptist Church Cemetery in St. Stephens. St. Stephens Funeral Home directed.

Active pallbearers were Marcus Green, Chris Tompkins, Danny Green, Jeramy Allday, Jason Allday, Aaron Bozeman, Carey Slayton and Adam Napper.

Honorary pallbearers were J.B. Reed, Douglas Atchison, Bill Dreading, Earl Shewmake, Melvin Farmer, Dr. David Warren, Hometown Hospice nurses and Band Members of the Mobile Country Music Association.

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