Obituaries from Dec. 1, 1999

Published 12:55 am Wednesday, December 8, 1999

By Staff
Mr. Lee Edward Ford, 56, of Walnut Hill, died Sunday, November 28, 1999, at his residence. Mr. Ford is survived by his wife, Mildred Redmon Ford of Walnut Hill, FL; several children, sisters and brothers and a host of grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 4, 1999, at 11a.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church in Walnut Hill with burial in St. Paul Cemetery. Turner Funeral Chapel of Atmore is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Willene J. McGhee, 73, of Atmore died Saturday, November 27, 1999 in Atmore.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley McGhee, and a son, Tommy Earl McGhee. She is survived by three sons, Bobby Lee McGhee of Blountstown, Fla., John "Johnny" Howard McGhee of Atmore and Preston McGhee of Monroeville; three daughters, Mary Christine Parker of Trinity, Texas, Betty Ann McGhee of Poarch and Angela DeVilbiss of Foley; a brother, James Lee Partin of Atmore, two sisters, Thelma Corine Jackson of Pensacola and Linnie Ruth Wolf of Jay; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 29, 1999, at 10 a.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Rolin officiating. Burial was at New Home Cemetery in Poarch. Pall bearers were Jerry Williamson, Lamar Brock, Bobby Joe McGhee, Emanuel Lee McGhee, Marion McGhee and Odell McGhee. Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Ralph Gordon Sasser, 77, of Crestview, died Sunday, November 28, 1999, at National Health Care in Pensacola, following a lengthy illness. Dr. Sasser was a long-time resident of the northwest Florida area.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ellafaire Luker Sasser of Crestview; three sons, Ray Gordon Sasser and his wife, Joyce Elaine, of Orange Beach, Ala., Jimmy Sasser and his wife, Patricia, of Livingston, La., and Ron M. Sasser and his wife, Cindy, of Milton; one daughter, Sue Townsend and her husband, Marty, of Crestview; three brothers, Donald R. Sasser and his wife, Mavis, of lnnerarity Point, Fla., Ken Sasser, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Still R. Sasser and his wife, Gwen, of Harrisburg, N.C.; three sisters, Sue Steele and her husband, Bill, of Pensacola, Betty Kingsley of Kansas City, Mo. and Helen Hooper and her husband, Jess , of Robertsdale, Alabama; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren .
Funeral service were held at Presley Street Baptist Church on Tuesday, November 30, 1999, at 11 a.m. with
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Sallie Mae Stafford, 92, died Friday, November 26, 1999, in Atmore.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Howard Stafford; a daughter, Shirley Elaine Stafford; two sons, Carl Ikner and Don Stafford; and one grandson, Chris Stafford.
Mrs. Stafford is survived by four sons, Boyce Ikner of Louisville, Ky., William Howard Stafford and Billy Ray Stafford, both of Atmore, and Julian Robert Stafford of Frisco City; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 29, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earl Harrison officiating. Burial was at Semirah Springs Cemetery.
Pall bearers were Julius Stewart, Scooter Stafford, Eric Stafford, Shane Stafford, David Stafford and Billy Ikner.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Rev. Joseph F. Stark, 73, died of natural causes on Sunday, November 28, 1999. The Rev. Stark was born in east Texas, was a resident of Atmore and pastor of New Home United Pentecostal Church for the past 25 years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Glen Stark and his parents, the Rev. M.H. and Henrietta Stark of east Texas.
Rev. Stark is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary A. Stark; two sons, J. Frederick Stark Jr. of San Francisco, Calif., and Robert N. Stark of New Orleans, La.; a sister, Minnie Lou McKinley of east Texas, three grandchildren, Natalie Stark, Robert Stark Jr. and Jeffery Stark, all of New Orleans and one great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Stark of New Orleans.
Visitation will be held at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 1 at 1 p.m. with graveside services beginning at 3 p.m. at Serenity Gardens.
Ms. Clarreese Delores Witcher, 66, died Friday, November 26, 1999, in Providence Hospital in Mobile. Ms. Witcher was a resident of Atmore and native of Monroe County.
Ms. Witcher was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Bell Davis; her father, Dan Parker; three sisters, Mattie Lee Parker, Mary Lee Kina and Lillie Ree Douglas; and a brother, Burdis Parker. She is survived by three daughters, Marreese Jones and her husband Bobby, Angela Johnson and her husband Carnell and Brettschneider Staples and her husband Farrell, all of Atmore; an adopted son, Robert McCall of Atmore; two sisters, Dorothy Lee and Dannie Andrews and her husband William, all of Uriah; two brothers; U.D. Parker and his wife Mable, and Dan Parker and his wife Kathy, all of Chicago, Ill.; a special devoted friend, Alexander Davison of Atmore; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Turner Funeral Home on Friday, December 3, 1999 from 1 – 8:30 p.m., with a family hour being held from 7-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, December 4, 1999, at 2:30 p.m. at Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Atmore with Dr. A.L. Durant Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.

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