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Obituaries published in the January 22, 2003 issue of The Atmore Advance

By Staff
Riley T. Lucas
January 19, 2003
Funeral services for Riley T. Lucas, 89, will be held today, Jan. 22, 2003, at Faith Chapel North in Cantonment, with Rev. Joseph Molchanoff officiating. Interment will follow in Enon Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the time of service today.
Born on Jan. 20, 1913 in Escambia County, Fla., he was a resident of Bay Springs, Fla., and was a longtime employee for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. He attended Enon Baptist Church, was a member of the Enon Homemakers, the Barrineau Park Historical Society and was a volunteer for the Don Sutton Ball Park for 24 years, receiving the Volunteer Service Award. He was known for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor throughout his life. He died on Jan. 19, 2003.
He was preceded in death by his three wives, Nora Hall, Amanda Beck and Martha Weaver. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Elaine L. Booker, Bernice L. Robbins, Yvonne Obren, Ellen L. Settle and Phillip Lucas; a stepdaughter, Laura Molchanoff; and numerous grandnieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers will be Otis Wood, Troy Lane Booker, Robert Paul Filingim, Joseph Settle, Joe Bellew and Phillip Lucas. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Gindl, Ellis Beck and the Molino Little League.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Riley T. Lucas to the Enon Baptist Church, 1721 Hwy. 97A, Walnut Hill, FL 32568.
Faith Chapel Funeral Home in Cantonment is in charge of arrangements.
Mamie L. Johnson
January 20, 2003
Funeral service for Mamie L. Johnson, 84 and a resident of Atmore, will be held tomorrow, Jan. 23, 2003 at 10 a.m. from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allan Harp officiating. April Mullen to read. Interment will follow in Serenity Gardens.
Born in Escambia County on Jan. 26, 1918 to the late Rufus and Pauline Purvis Hardee, she was retired from Vanity Fair Mills as a seamstress. She was a member of Presley Street Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, D.V. Johnson. She is survived by one son, Aubrey L. (Betty) Johnson, of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Lorianna J. Simmons of Atmore; one sister, Elsie Nall of Atmore; grandchildren: Amanda Johnson, Aubrey L. (Jill) Johnson II, Todd B. (Miriam) Johnson, Janet Simmons, April (Mike) Mullen, Tammy (Mike) Searcy, Shannon (Bob) McWhorter; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers will be Aubrey L. Johnson II, Todd Johnson, Jarod Mullen, Darrell Johnson, Hilbert Hall and Webb Nall. Family will recieve friends tonight at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Danielle Merchant
January 18, 2003
Funeral services for Danielle Merchant, 28, were held on Jan. 20, 2003 at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, with President Bill Beach officiating. Interment followed at Oak Creek Cemetery.
Native of Atmore and a resident of Oak Grove, Fla., for most of her life, she was a primary teacher and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She died on Jan. 18, 2003 at a Santa Rosa County hospital.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Richard Sirmon. She is survived by her daughter, Bethany Anne Merchant of Oak Grove; her parents, Pete and Shelia Coon of Atmore and Paul and Jane Merchant of Atmore; two brothers, Joshua Lee Coon and Jordan Lee Coon, both of Atmore; two sisters, Rebecca LeeAnne Coon and Ashton Lee Coon, both of Atmore; and her grandparents, Janice Sirmon of Oak Grove, A.R. and Geraldine Gunn of Atmore, Myrtle Merchant of Atmore and Eubie Lee Coon of McCullough.
Pallbearers were Joshua Coon, Grover Hall, Jimmy Morris, Andy Akins, Paul Coleman, Mark Smith, Ricky Smith and Chris Stacey. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Wiggins and Shawn Repress.
Eastside Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preston S. Phillips
January 17, 2003
Funeral services for Preston S. Phipps, 70, were held on Jan. 19, 2003 at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, with Rev. Earl Harrison and Rev. Doug Odom officiating. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.
A native of Independence, Va., and a resident of Atmore for the past seven years, she was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, a mud slinging racer and a banjo player. He attended the Bridle Creek United Methodist Church. He died on Jan. 17, 2003 at a Pensacola hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann Phipps of Atmore; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Carolyn Phipps of Independence, Va.; his daughter and son-in-law, Holly Phipps and Dennis Libby of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; two brothers, Leon Phipps of Wylie, Texas and Edgar Phipps of Galex, Va.; three grandchildren, Barbie Lawwell, Robbie Lawrence and Danielle Phipps; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary Lawrence and Savannah Lawwell.
Pallbearers were Billy Walker, Ricky Stanley, Gary Stanley, Cicile Stanley and Steven Lawwell.
Eastside Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Earl Lee Jackson
December 14, 2002
Funeral services for Earl Lee Jackson, 74 and a resident of Akron, Ohio, were held on Dec. 20, 2002 at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Elijah Dees officiating and Rev. George McNabb eulogizing. Interment followed at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Born in Atmore, Jackson was self-employed as an auto mechanic for over 50 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, trustee and an avid bowler.
He is survived by his wife Lou Jessie Jackson of Akron, Ohio; one daughter Barbara (John) Thomas of Marlboro, Md.; two stepdaughters, Riva Colvin and Loretta Colvin; one stepson, Byron Colvin; six grandchildren; four brothers, James (Josephine) Jackson, Eugene Jackson, Willie (Earther) Jackson, all of Akron, Ohio, and Nathaniel Jackson of Atlanta; two sisters, Lizzie (Jethro) Daily of Atmore, Ga., and Catherine Deloney of Boston, Mass.; special friends, R.L. Polk and wife; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Bennie Lee Parker
January 18, 2003
Bennie Lee Parker, 57 and a resident of Atmore, died on Jan. 18, 2003 at Mobile Infirmary in Mobile.
Services are to be announced by the Turner Funeral Chapel.