Obituaries as published in the March 23, 2003 edition of The Atmore Advance
Elise Ione Young
March 19, 2003
Funeral services for Mrs. Elise Ione Young, 75, of Atmore, were held on March 20 from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Brothers Eugene Stokes and James Allen Young officiating. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Young was born in Escambia County, Ala., on Sept. 12, 1927 to the late James Edwin and Elise Lorenze Nordstrom. She was a retired Machine Operator and a member of First United Methodist Church of Atmore.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kelly Young.
She is survived by two sons, James Allen Young and his wife Alice Charline of Canoe and Kelly Glen Young of Pensacola; two daughters, Eileen Lehmann and her husband Ronnie of Atmore and Susan Vaughn and her husband Harrell of Pensacola; one brother, Marvin Nordstrom of McCullough; 10 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers were Ronnie Lehmann, Harrell Vaughn, David Martin, JoeJoe Suell, Beau Lehmann, Dale Drew, and Joe Suell.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Mary Eliza Robinson
March 19, 2003
Mary Eliza Robinson, 90, died on March 19, 2003 at her residence in Atmore.
Services are to be announced by the Turner Funeral Chapel.
Linda Tiemann Thornblom
March 18, 2003
Private graveside services for Linda Tiemann Thornblom, 87, were held on March 21, 2003 at Fairview Cemetery in Wilson County, Texas, with Vurel Vick officiating.
Born on Nov. 16, 1915, she was a beloved mother and grandmother, a devoted wife, wonderful sister and friend and a homemaker. She attended Karnes City Grammar School and graduated from Kerrville Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas in 1934. She had lived in Kerrville and in Atmore from 1954 to 1973, where her husband had a chiropractic practice. She had lived in Pleasanton, Texas since 1978. She died on March 18, 2003 at the Stockdale Nursing Home.
She is survived by two daughters, Jean Thornblom of San Antonio and Carolyn "Cissy" Hierholzer and her husband, J.C., of Floresville, Texas; two grandchildren, Joe Hierholzer of Floresville, Texas, and Joseph Hierholzer of Austin, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Gus and Bertha Tiemann, and her stepmother, Eugenia Hodges Tiemann, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 39 years, Cecil Thornblom; a sister, Emelie Andrews; and two brothers, Eddie and Harry Tieman.
Vinyard Funeral Homes of Floresville, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Esslie Smith
March 18, 2003
Funeral services for Kenneth Esslie Smith, 50, were held on March 21, 2003 at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, with Rev. Shelton Kingdig officiating. Interment followed at Godwin Cemetery.
A native of Cantonment and a former resident of Byrneville, he was a resident of Flomaton for 23 years and attended the Assembly of God Church. He died on March 18, 2003 at a Birmingham hospital.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Esslie Smith, and a granddaughter, Abigale Renea Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Janett Smith of Flomaton; his mother and stepfather, Luverne and Guy Diamond of Flomaton; two sons, Kevin Esslie (Christina) Smith of Flomaton and Jamie Ray (Rosalind) Smith of Flomaton; three sisters, Alice (Lon) Malone of Byrneville, Betty (Ken) Peterson of Cottondale, Fla., and Dianne (Randy) Bondurant of Pensacola; and five grandchildren, Dalton Coy, Kate Ashton, Jackson Esslie, Vance Logan and Tyler Lane.
Pallbearers were Mike Odom, Junior Bush, Allen Smith, Rocky Peebles, Ben Black and Paul Jordan.
Eastside Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
March 20, 2003
Funeral services for William Earl "Butch" Avery, 68, were held on March 22, 2003 at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kerry Kizer and Rev. Diane Kelly officiating. Internment followed in Godwin Cemetery in Bratt.
Born on March 23, 1934 in North Lansing, N.Y., to William F. Avery and May (Avery) Bowman, he lived the early years of his life life there. In 1953, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars retiring in 1975 after 22 years of military service. He was later employed with Farley Nuclear Plant for 10 years prior to his retirement in 1988. He was a member of Liberty Methodist Church in Screamer, Ala., and attended the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Dothan. He died on March 20, 2003 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, William E. Avery, and two brothers, Edward Avery and David Avery.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia A. Avery of Dothan; his stepmother, Genevieve Avery of Atmore; his stepfather, Robert Bowman of St. Clair, Mo.; two daughters, Jeanne (John) Bal of Ludlow, Mass., and Cheryl (J.C.) Sherrill of Dothan; a son, Jeffery Avery of Vermont; a stepson, Donnie (Shirley) Beck of Columbia; sevfen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol (Bud) Boda of Willseyville, N.Y., and Patricia (Ken) Paulson of Locke, N.Y.; a brother, Robert (Judy) Avery of Buena Vista, Colo.; a half-brother, Leslie Bowan of Washington, Mo.; and many friends and relatives.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of the Liberty Methodist Sunday School Class.
Byrd Funeral Home of Dothan was in charge of arrangements.