Obituaries

Published 6:15am Tuesday, June 10, 2003

By Staff
Melvin Ray Thompson
May 28, 2003
Melvin Ray Thompson, 49, of Perdido, died May 28.
He was a farmer, born in Atmore Aug. 1, 1953, to the late Johnnie Thomas and Etta Bell Harrison Thompson.
He is survived by five brothers; Charles Edward Smith of Montrose Bay, Johnnie O'Dell Thompson and wife Georgia of Walnut Hill, Fla., Willard Eugene Thompson and wife Ann, also of Walnut Hill, Donald Wayne Thompson and wife Mazie, of Houston, Texas, Rufus Alfred Thompson and wife Linda of Bay Minette; two sisters, Ruth Morris of Atlanta and Stella Mace and husband Phillip of Perdido; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 2 p.m. June 1 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William Rolin officiating. Burial followed at the Sardis Baptist Cemetery. The family received friends 5-8 p.m., May 31 at the funeral home. All arrangements were handled by Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Atmore.
Willard Eugene "Bill" Wiggins Sr.
June 5, 2003
Willard Eugene "Bill" Wiggins Sr., 67, died Thursday. A native of Frisco City, he had been a resident of Atmore since 1982. He was a retired corrections officer with 15 years of service at Fountain Prison. He attended the Atmore First Assembly of God Church and was preceded in death by his mother Katie Wiggins and first wife Shelby Jean Wiggins.
He is survived by wife Hazel E. Wiggins of Atmore, four sons; Willard Jr. of Grasonville, Md., Mark and Michael, both of St. Petersburg, Fla., Keith of Balto, Md., stepson Wayland Phillips of Lafayette, La., daughter Patricia Bramble of Elkridge, Md., stepdaughter Sherri Rossi of Anaheim, Calif., sisters Luvernia Martin of Atmore and Jewel Hanks of Flomaton; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Services will be at 4 p.m. June 8 at Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. G.L.Langford and Rev. Larry Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Hertis Doyle Baggett,
June 1, 2003
Hertis Doyle Baggett, 76, of Pace, Fla., died June 1. A native of Phillipsville, Ala., he had lived in Santa Rosa County, Fla., most of his life. A member of the Pace Assembly of God, he served as an usher and was on the board of trustees of Local 366 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lonnie and Susie Baggett and two brothers, Aubrey and Leon Baggett.
He is survived by wife Greta Fretwell Baggett of Pace and two brothers, John D. and wife Mildred of Hixon, Tenn., and Otis and wife Peggy of Bay Minette. Also survived by daughter Linda Bundy and husband Stanley of Bay Minette, Sharon McGuff and husband Billy, of Bay Minette, stepchildren Donna Howell and husband Mike of Bay Minette, Steven Gerald and wife Brenda of Newport, N.C., Sandra Brannon and husband David of Orange Beach, Vicky Hawke and husband Doug of Milton, Fla., Ricky Gerald and wife Dana of Perdido. Also grandchildren Ray Bundy, Leigh Ann Lynch, Joel Clark, James McGuff, step-grandchildren Tanner Gerald, Jeremy Howell and Courtney Brannon. Great-grandchildren Kaitlyn Pharr, Paton Klopf, Adam Bundy, Victoria Clark and Blake Lynch. Numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Jay Cowick, Doug Hawke, Jim McGuff, Joel Clark, Ray Bundy, Jeremy Howell, Tanner Gerald, Stevie Baggett and Donnie Baggett. Honorary pallbearers were the ushers of the Pace Assembly of God.
Services were 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pace Assembly of God with Rev. Glyn Lowery officiating. Burial followed in the Serenity Gardens Cemetery. Lewis Funeral Home of Pace handled all arrangements.
Earnest David Brown
June 5, 2003
Earnest David Brown of Bay Minette died Thursday at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. Services are handled by Turner Funeral Chapel, Atmore.
Mrs. Ercell Rodgers
June 5, 2003
Mrs. Ercell Rodgers of Atmore died Thursday at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. Services are handled by Turner Funeral Chapel, Atmore.

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