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Obituaries published in the February 23, 2003 issue of The Atmore Advance

Published 12:13am Saturday, February 22, 2003

By Staff
Mary Frances Hicks-Kelly
Funeral services for Mary Frances Hicks-Kelly, 77, will be held on Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 at Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church, with Elder McMillan officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Atmore. Visitation will be held today, Feb. 23, 2003, from 2-8:30 p.m. at Turner Funeral Home Chapel. The body will also lie in state one hour prior to services.
A native of Camden in Wilcox County, she was a resident of Atmore for many years. A domestic homemaker, she was a member of Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church. She died on Feb. 19, 2003 at Atmore Community Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Freddie Hicks; her mother, Martha Freeman; and an uncle, Henry Freeman.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence Kelly of Atmore; a daughter, Martha Ann Hill of Atlanta, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Marilyn (Jimmy) Stephens of Pensacola and Dorthy Neal of Cantonment; two stepsons, Claude (Regina) Kelly of Nashville, Tenn., and Earl (Denise) Kelly of Pensacola; a sister, Julia Dortch of Atmore; two brothers, Allen James Dortch of Atmore and Will Finklea of Camden; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be friends and family members.
Turner Funeral Home Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Marie Watkins Smith
February 12, 2003
Funeral services for Marie W. Smith, 72, were held on Feb. 17, 2003 at Gaines Chapel AME Church, with Rev. A.T. Days officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery.
A native of Wilcox County, she had been a resident of Atmore for many years. She was a member of Gaines Chapel AME Church and was a domestic housekeeper. She died on Feb. 12, 2003 at Atmore Community Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Smith; a daughter, Samantha Smith; a brother, Zack Watkins, Sr.; and her parents, Lilia and John Watkins, Sr.
She is survived by an adopted daughter, LaShelby (Jerome) James of Century; three sons, Johnny (Rika) Watkins of Los Angeles, Calif., Ray Charles (Susan) Smith of Atlanta, Ga., and Allen Smith of Atmore; one brother, John (Veola) Watkins, Jr.; four sisters, Bessie Brock of Atmore, Carrie (Frank) Millender and Ella (William) Quaker, both of Los Angeles, Calif., and Ethel Spaudling of Compton, Calif.; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Turner Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Palmer Marshel Corey
February 16, 2003
Funeral services for Palmer Marshel Corey, 83, of Atmore, were held Feb. 20 at Enon Baptist Church with Bro. Bob Gibson and Bro. Charles Mitchel officiating. Interment followed at Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Palmer was born on December 7, 1920 in Goodway, AL to John Wesley and Jannie Harrison Corey. He was a retired farmer and a member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys I. Corey. He is survived by two brothers, John Corey of Monroeville and Sam Corey of Fairhope; two sisters, Jean Lane of Pensacola and Gladys Parish of Excel, AL; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends; and special friends, the Woods family.
Active pallbearers were Mickey Parish, Johnny Corey, Jimmy Lane, Wesley Corey, John Sirmon, Tim Daw, Anthony Pulos, and Ron Evers. Honorary pallbearers included Elliote Ward, Earl Silcox, Mark Burkett, Willard Johnson, Dr. William "Bill" Smith, Everette Wiggins, nephews, and close neighbors of Palmer Corey.
All arrangements were handled by Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc.
Daisy Lee Rolin
February 18, 2003
Funeral services for Daisy Lee Rolin, 61 and a resident of Atmore, were held on Feb. 21, 2003 at the Atmore Memorial Chapel. Interment followed in the Poarch Baptist Cemetery.
She died on Feb. 18, 2003 in Mobile.
She is survived by her mother, Mazie Rolin of Atmore; a daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Whiddon Taylor of Brewton; and three grandchildren, Brando Rolin, Jack Taylor III and Patricia Taylor, all of Brewton.
Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Carlis E. Johnson
February 19, 2003
Funeral services for Carlis E. Johnson, 85 and a resident of Perdido, were held on Feb. 21, 2003 at the Fretwell Tabernacle Church, with Sister Helen Stewart and Rev. Danny Taylor officiating. Interment followed at the Lottie Methodist Cemetery.
He was a derrickman with an oil industry when he retired. He died on Feb. 19, 2003.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Johnson; his parents, Clayton and Lonie Williams Johnson; a brother, Clyde Johnson; and a sister, Jeanette Boone.
He is survived by two sons, John (Chea) Johnson of Pinegrove and Mickey (Regina) Johnson of Perdido; two daughters, Pat (Danny) Rolin of Perdido and Melinda (Dennis) Ferrell of Rabun; two brothers, Jimmy Johnson of Buford, S.C., and J.B. Johnson of Little River; a sister, Annette McCreary of Daphne; one special niece, Brenda Mims; and 11 grandchildren.
Active pallbearers were Jason Hadley, Nip Hadley, Brandon Rolin, Jerry Stewart, Wayne Coleman and D.C. Harville.
Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Buster L. "Buck" Godwin
February 19, 2003
Funeral services for Buster L. "Buck" Godwin, 77, were held on Feb. 22, 2003 at the Molino First Assembly of God Church, with Brother James Baker officiating. Interment followed at Pugh's Chapel Cemetery.
A native of Escambia County, Fla., and a resident of Molino for most of his life, he was a retired employee of St. Regis after 27 years. He was a veteran of World War II and a past deacon and member of Pugh's Chapel Assembly of God Church. He died on Feb. 19, 2003 in Molino.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Godwin; an infant son; a daughter, Sharon Payne; a great-granddaughter, Talia Barrow; and a brother, Albert Godwin, Jr.
He is survived by three sons, Roy L. Steadham of Ottawa, Kan., Mickey Godwin of Molino and Eugene Howell of Atmore; his daughter, Arlene Howell of Molino; a sister, Merlene Morris of Frisco City; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Lee Graf, Paul Picant, Bo Moye, Danny Brown, Kevin Walker and Bubba Kimmons.
The family would like to acknowledge special thanks to hospice, especially Cindy, Cris, Connie, Cora and Kevin.
Eastside Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Aileen Marshall
February 19, 2003
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Aileen Marshall, 79 and a resident of Atmore.
A retired clerk with the state government, she was born on Feb. 8, 1924 to the late Louis and Mable M. Hansan Elliott. She died on Feb. 19, 2003 in Atmore.
She is survived by three sons, James Perkins of Atmore, Wayne Dennis Perkins of Bladenbergs, Md., and Roger Emery Perkins of Lynelberg, Va.; and two sisters, Loraine Moser of Watertown, Mass., and Barbara Merriweather of Bloomington, Ind.

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