2010-03-04 / Obituaries


Willis Walter Holloway, 96, of Selma died Feb. 19, 2010 at Warren Manor Nursing Home in Selma.

He was born Nov. 16, 1913 in Fulton. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army in the Aleutian Islands during World War II and received the Bronze Star. He was offered a contract by the St. Louis Cardinals to play major league baseball as a pitcher.

Survivors include one son, Willis W. Holloway Jr., Mobile; two granddaughters, Clara Jean Licastro, Minot, ND, Sarah Kay Bartz, Durham, N.C.; and a great-grandson, Evan Joseph Licastro, Minot, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his wife, of 65 years, Eloise Holloway.

A graveside service was Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.



Martha Ann Pope, 56, of Thomasville died Feb. 25, 2010 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center in Thomasville.

She was born Aug. 5, 1953 in Grove Hill. She was a member of Pineview Baptist Church in Thomasville. She was a retired veneer grader.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Anderson Pope, Thomasville; two daughters, Samantha Grace (Dan) Sheffield, Dickinson, Ashley Pope (Scott) Stabler, Bogalusa, LA; seven brothers, Frazier D. Sheffield, Saraland, Willie Elisha Sheffield, Mil- ton Estes Sheffield, both of Grove Hill, Billy Frank Sheffield, Decatur, W.D. Sheffield, Thomasville, Coma Wayne Sheffield, Selma, Marvin Artis Sheffield, Millers Ferry; three sisters, Marie Ott, Thomasville, Mary Magalene Jordan, Saraland, Eula Neal, Whynot, MS; five grandchildren, Jared Stabler, Abbie Stabler, Harley Stabler, Anna Stabler, Holly Stabler.

The service was March 1 at 11 a.m. at O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Irby Weaver officiating. Burial was in the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were Scott Stabler, Frank Jackson, Windell Sheffield, Matthew Sheffield, Milton Sheffield and Wes Wharton.

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