Obituaries as published in the April 2, 2003 edition of The Atmore Advance
Johnny Lee Rudolph
March 28, 2003
Funeral services for Johnny Lee Rudolph, 55, will be held on April 5, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Atmore, with Bishop Willie L. Williams, pastor of Jones Street Holiness Church in Atmore, officiating. Interment will be held in the Fairview Cemetery.
Public viewing will be held on April 4, 2003 from 1-8:30 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Chapel, which is in charge of all arrangements.
March 30, 2003
Funeral services for Aubrey Roberts will be held at 12 p.m. on April 5, 2003 at Pilgrim Lodge Baptist Church. Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the church before the service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Robinson Funeral Home of Atmore.
Roy Malcom Stephens, Jr.
March 29, 2003
Funeral services for Roy Malcolm Stephens, 88, were held on April 1, 2003 at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jonathan Bennett officiating. Interment followed at Highland Burial Park.
Born on Aug. 26, 1914 in Caryville, Fla., to Fred and Clemie Mouring Stephens, he grew up in Atmore. He married Lucile Balkcom Stephens on June 29, 1940.
He began his career in textiles at Bibb Manufacturing Company in Columbus, Fa., in 1935. In 1946, he joined Dan River, Inc., as assistant manager of the Riverside Division. He was elected vice-president of the company in 1955, executive vice-president in 1962, a director in 1963 and president of the Danville-Alabama Division in 1966. At the time of his retirement from the company on Jan. 1, 1980, he was executive vice-president, manufacturing-corporate, a post he was elected to in 1973.
He had served on the board of directors at Dan River, Inc., Dan River Foundation and Woodside Mills Foundation; First and Merchants Corporation, Richmond; the Danville Regional Board of First and Merchants National Bank; Memorial Hospital of Danville; and past chairman of the National Tobacco-Textile Museum.
Other affiliations include membership in the Newcomen Society in North American and the Danville Golf Club. He is a former member of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute and the Virginia Manufacturers Association and served as chairman of that organization in 1973 and 1974.
He is a past director of Southern Industrial Relations Conference, Piedmont Mills, Inc., Piedmont Hardware Company and the Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway. He is a past trustee of Stratford College, and is a member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church and has served as chairman of the Administrative Board.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Aries Stephens, Ralph Stephens and Wendell Stephens; and a sister, Freda Klein.
He is survived by a son, Roy Malcolm Stephens, Jr., of Danville and Wilmington, N.C.; two daughters, Carole Lowrance Stephens and Kay Mouring Stephens, both of Danville; three sisters, Ruth Young of Martinsville, Lucille Owens of Marietta, Ga., and Velma O'Roarke of Spokane, Wash.; and two grandsons.
Memorial donations may be made to Danville LifeSaving Crew, 202 Christopher Lane, Danville, VA 24541 or Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 107 West Main Street, Danville, VA 24541.
Townes Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Raymond E. Shelton
March 30, 2003
Funeral services for Raymond E. Shelton, 78, will be held today, April 2, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Luker officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Grove, Fla.
Born in Escambia County, Ala., on June 28, 1924 to the late Robert Edwards and Mattie Entrekin Shelton, he was a retired tool and die maker with Lerio Company. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in both World War II and Korea. He died on March 30, 2003 in Pensacola.
He is survived by his wife, Jan L. Shelton of Oak Grove, Fla.; a daughter, Wanda Battles of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; two granddaughters, Janice Marie Shelton and Elizabeth Keller; a brother, Bobby Shelton of Mobile; and a sister, Mazie Favorite of Pensacola.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge of all arrangements.
Doris Jean Deese Mosley
March 26, 2003
Funeral services for Doris Jean Deese Mosley, 54, were held on March 31, 2003 at Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church, with Rev. Joe L. Hayes officiating. Interment followed in Stallworth Cemetery.
A native of Cantonment and a resident of Atmore for many years, she was a retired seamstress with Vanity Fair with more than 20 years of service. She was a member of Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Atmore, where she worked in various church capacities. She died on March 26, 2003 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her father, Allen Deese. She is survived by her husband, Willie Arthur Mosley of Atmore; a daughter, Marci (Anthony) Beckham of Atmore; four sons, Derrick (Barbara) Mosley of Detroit, Mich., Donavan Mosley, Damien (Kim) Mosley and Herman Mosley, all of Atmore; her mother, Bessie Deese of Atmore; two sisters, Mattie Scott of Connecticut and Brenda Brewster of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Alvin Deese of Albany, N.Y., and Calvin Deese of Atmore; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers were friends of the family.
Turner Funeral Chapel was in charge of all arrangements.
Mary Sanders Hunt
March 24, 2003
Funeral services for Mary Sanders Hunt, 86, were held on March 29, 2003 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Five Points, with Rev. C. Broome officiating. Interment followed at Skyview Cemetery.
Born in Columbus, Miss., she was a resident of Five Points, Ala., for many years. She was a member of Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church. She died on March 24, 2003 at George H. Lanier Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by her son, Raymond (Madeline) Sanders of Ontario, Canada; a daughter-in-law, Evangeline Sanders of Five Points; a sister-in-law, Bessie Kyles of Mobile; a cousin, Marjorie Warrick of Mobile; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two nieces.
Friends and family members served as pallbearers.
Silmon/Seroyer Funeral Home in Lafayette directed the services while Turner Funeral Home announced them locally.
Mary Lee Taylor
March 20, 2003
Funeral services for Mary Lee Taylor, 72, were held on March 29, 2003 at Pilgrim Lodge Baptist Church, with Rev. Leonard Watson, Jr., officiating. Interment followed at Century Cemetery.
Born on May 22, 1930 in Century to Viola Conner and Jake Carter, she was baptised in the Pilgrim Lodge Baptist Church at an early age, where she served in many ministries until her health became impaired. She was educated in the Escambia County, Fla., school system and was a cook for many years in Jay, Century and New York before she retired. She died on March 20, 2003.
She is survived by her five children, Dorothy Taylor of Grand Rapids, Mich., Deloris Taylor of Century, Sherry (Leroy) Miller of Jackson, Mich., 1st Sergeant Zebedee (Edna) Taylor of Water Town, N.Y., and Anthony B. Johnson of Albion, Mich.; two sisters, Ethel Taylor of Century and Callie Mae Conner of Norristown, Penn.; a brother-in-law, John G. Beasley, Sr., of Pensacola; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; an aunt, Susie Blake of Century; a special niece, Annie Bell Carter of Brewton; two other sons, Willie Mixon of Century and Matthew Marshall of Pensacola; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers were her sons, sons-in-law and nephews. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of Pilgrim Lodge.
Robinson Funeral Services was in charge of all arrangements.