2007-05-03 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries

Bishop

Archie Bishop Jr., 72, of Chatom died April 30, 2007 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 17, 1934. He was a honorably discharged from the United States Army. He was a member of Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Chatom where he served as a deacon and an usher. He was retired from the transportation department of Exceptional Children, Inc., in Chatom.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Lockhart Bishop, Chatom; one son, Tony Bishop, California; one daughter, Mary (Renard) Camel, Jackson; two step-sons, James Franks, Chatom and Jonathan (Francis) Franks, Spencer, Oklahoma; two step-daughters, Evelyn (Earnest) Moore, St. Stephens, Ella M. Woodard, East Pointe, Michigan; two brothers, Curtis J. (Marquida) Bishop, Vinegar Bend, Billie C. (Earlie M.) Bishop, Lisman; one sister, Bernice Blames, Asbury Park, New York; eight grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren.

The service will be Thursday, (today), May 3 at 11 a.m. at the Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Chatom with Rev. Edward Ruffins to officiate. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery located on Highway 56 in Chatom. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson will direct.

Bolen

Peggy McLendon Bolen, 89, of Jackson died April 26, 2007 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 13, 1918. She had worked as a seamstress for Vanity Fair for 43 years.

Survivors include one son, Marlin (Carreen) Bolen, Jackson; three grandsons, Leigh, Keith and Daron Bolen, Jackson; five great-grandchildren.

The service was April 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. Don Rush officiating. Burial was in the Trinity Memorial Gardens in Jackson. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forest Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund.

Dolbear

Claudia Lillian Dolbear, 92, of Jackson died April 25, 2007 at her residence.

She was born Sept. 24, 1914. She was a member of Peniel Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include four daughters, Polly Hudson, Mexia, Geraldine Rynders, Patsy Counselman, both of Jackson, Vergie Smith, Coffeeville; 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

The service was April 26 at 11 a.m. in the Peniel Baptist Church with Revs. Shannon Moses and Marion Ball officiating. Burial was in the Peniel Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

LaFlore

Susie Mae Campbell LaFlore, 91, of Grove Hill died April 29, 2007 at a local hospital.

She was born Aug. 1, 1915. She was a member of the Grove Hill Baptist Church. She was a member of the Elizabeth Bradford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a former manager for the Clarke County Museum and employed by the Clarke County Historical Society after a full career in accounting.

Survivors include one daughter, Kathleen LaFlore, Houston, Texas; faithful companion, Tootsie Bichon Frise-dog; four brothers, James (Bernice) Campbell, Gerald Campbell, all of Grove Hill, Arnold Campbell, Dothan, Bennie Campbell, Columbia, Tenn.; one sister, Edna (Bobby) Tarleton, Grove Hill; 26 nieces and nephews and a large number of great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, (today), May 3 at 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. service at Grove Hill Baptist Church with Rev. David Curtis officiating. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill will direct.

Liesen

Clara Louise Liesen, 82, of Dickinson died April 27, 2007 in a health care facility in Meridian, Miss.

She was born Feb. 18, 1925. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church of Thomasville. She was a retired LPN involved with Health Actions before her illness.

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Liesen, Dickinson; five brothers, Bonner Wiggins Jr., Monroeville, Ellis Wiggins, Jackson, J.T. Wiggins, Jerry Wiggins, Steve Wiggins, all of Dickinson; two sisters, Geraldine Powell, Citronelle, Vera Davenport, Gulf Shores.

The service was May 1 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Unit of the Sisters of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, Indiana. 46513.

Robinson

Florence Junior "Muggs" Robinson, 84, of Whatley died April 28, 2007 in a Mobile area hospital.

He was born July 8, 1922. He was a native of Cuba. He was a member of Amity Baptist Church. He was a self-employed landscaping contractor.

Survivors include one son, Derek Robinson, Whatley.

A memorial will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Amity Baptist Church, Old Line Road, Whatley, AL 36482. Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill directed.

Wilson

Joanne W. Wilson, 59, of Jackson died April 29, 2007 in a local hospital after a brief illness.

She was born July 30, 1947. She was a native of Lee County. She was the founder and owner of Wilson Real Estate and Appraisal Service, established in 1978. For the last 20 years she and her husband raised thoroughbred horses on their farm in Jackson. She was also a member of the Four Seasons Garden Club in Jackson.

Survivors include her husband, John Russell "J.R." Wilson, Jackson; her mother, Jean Cabay, Jackson; one son, Joshua (Christy) Wilson, McIntosh; one daughter, Jodi (Spencer) Walker, Grove Hill; two brothers, John Harold Johnson, Randall Johnson, both of Opelika; four grandchildren; a nephew, Mark Peterson.

A private graveside service was May 1 at Pine Crest Cemetery. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Bennett

Azalea Beverly Bennett, 91, of Thomasville died April 27, 2007 at Thomasville Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 16, 1916 in Sweet Water. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fulton. She was a former lunchroom worker at Fulton Elementary School.

Survivors include one son, Jack Bennett, Fulton; a daughter-in-law, Nettie Bennett, Fulton; two grandchildren, Eddie Bennett, Fulton, Mike Bennett, Marion.

The service was April 30 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville with Rev. John Copeland officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were Keith Bennett, Grey Snodgrass, Mark Bennett, Mike Norris, Greg Phillips and Douglas Harvell.

Bradford

Joseph Marion "J.M." Bradford Jr., 71, of Fulton died April 23, 2007 at Providence Hospital in Mobile.

He was born June 12, 1935 in Tuscaloosa. He was a truck driver and security guard for Scotch Plywood Mill.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Bradford, Fulton; one son, Cecil (Donna) Bradford, Silver Hill; one daughter, Laura Bradford, Fulton; one brother, Larry Bradford, Fulton; two grandchildren; Lindsey Bradford, Joshua Bradford, both of Silver Hill.

The service was April 25 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville with Rev. Bill Faircloth officiating. Burial was in the Henley Cemetery in Fulton.

Active pallbearers were Frank Martin, Wilson Charley, Jeff Davis, Phillip Averitt and Charles Lee.

Honorary pallbearers were Scotch Plywood Security Guards.

Milstead

William Jackson "Mutt" Milstead, 84, of Sweet Water died April 22, 2007 at his residence.

He was born June 24, 1922 in Sweet Water. He was a retired sawmill foreman.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Elizabeth Milstead, Sweet Water; one son, Billy (Julia) Milstead, Thomasville; two daughters, Shirley (Clifford) McClure, Nita (Johnny) Robertson, all of Sweet Water; one brother, Henry Milstead, Sweet Water; three sisters, Janie Turley, Mary Angelos, Modine Wood, all of Sweet Water; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was April 24 at 2 p.m. at the Sweet Water Cemetery with Revs. Tony Cannon and Sidney Hill officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Brad and Lisa McClure, Mark and Anna McClure, Kim and Curtis Gates, Michael and Casey McClure, Jennifer Robertson, Stacy and Scott Henson and Chris Milstead.

Honorary pallbearers were Morgan Autery, Seth McClure, Lue McClure, Katie McClure, McKenna McClure, and Roy and Anna Etheridge.

Faile

Dudley Russell Faile, 67, of Pennington died April 28, 2007 at Guardian Angel Hospice in Marion, Mississippi.

He was born July 31, 1939. He was a native of Smyer, Ala. He attended school in Jackson, Coffeeville, Greensboro and Demopolis before graduating from Choctaw County High School in Butler in 1957. He began work in Oct., 1960 and retired in Oct, 2000. He worked through five company transitions that included American Can Company, Marathon Southern, James River Corporation and Fort James before retiring as a mechanic in the Converting Department of Georgia Pacific. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Pennington. He served several church offices with his most recent responsibilities being Chairman of the Board.

His interests included collecting Case knives, antique automobiles, coins and maps; hunting and traveling the back roads, and regular domino tournaments at Trinity's Senior Activity Center called The Playhouse.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Katherine Jenkins Faile, (originally of Quitman, Miss.); two daughters, Renee Faile Richardson, (Kerry), Fayette, Rebecca Faile Larkin, and fiancé, Harold Harper, both of Meridian, Miss.; two brothers, Gilmer Devon Faile, Pennington, Danny Neville Faile, (Betty), Butler; one sister, Darleine Faile Maten, (James), Womack Hill; three granddaughters; nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Gilmer and Thelma Gaye Braswell Faile, Silas; infant grandson, Hans Russell Richardson.

The service was April 30 at 11 a.m. at Witch Creek Baptist Church in Campbell with Pastor Anita Wilburn and Lewis May officiating. Burial was in the Witch Creek Cemetery. Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler directed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Witch Creek Baptist Church, c/o Frank Daniels, HC4 Box 415, Campbell, AL 36727.

Active pallbearers were Ryan Beck, Steve Beck, Steven Beck, Donald Daniels, Glenn Daniels, Robert Daniels, Harold Daniels and Gaines Carter.

Honorary pallbearers were members and friends of Trinity United Methodist Church and Playhouse and the Oncology Staff of Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

White

Ruby Lee White, 76, of Thomasville died April 25, 2007 in Mobile.

She was born Feb. 16, 1931. She was a member of the New Greater First Baptist Church of Thomasville.

Survivors include two sons, George (Audrey) Taylor, Portland, Oregon., Benny Ray Daniel, Birmingham; two daughters, Mattie L. Crawford, Atlanta, Ga., Ruby M. Hightower, Thomasville; one sister, Minnie Lee Pugh, Mobile; seven granddaughters; four grandsons; eight great-grandchildren; five brother-in-laws; four sister-in-laws; a host of nephews, nieces and devoted friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Berry White, a son, Albert James Taylor and six brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will be Friday, May 4 from 1 until 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 9 until the 11 a.m. funeral hour at New Greater First Baptist Church with Rev. Carlton Hogue to officiate. Burial will be in the New Greater First Baptist Church Cemetery. Reese Funeral Home of Thomasville will direct.

In Loving Memory

of James Dwayne Alford

May 2, 1959

Nov. 16, 2006

God saw he was getting tired

And a cure was not to be.

So He put His arms around him

And whispered, "Come with Me."

With tearful eyes we watched him suffer

And saw him fade away.

Although we loved him dearly,

We could not make him stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands to rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us

He only takes the best.

-Author Unknown

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