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Obituaries as published in the May 7, 2003 edition of The Atmore Advance

By Staff
Obituaries
Ernest Harold Steele
May 4, 2003
Memorial services for Ernest Harold Steele, 81, will be held today, May 7, 2003 at 10 a.m., at the East Side Funeral Home, in Atmore. Interment will follow at The Oak Hill Cemetary, in Atmore.
He passed away on May 4, 2003.
He was a native of Oak Grove, Fl., and a resident of Gulf Shores.
Before his retirement Mr. Steele was the owner of Steele's Home and Auto Supply (Firestone) in Brewton and also White's Home and Auto Supply in Frisco City.
He was an Evinrude Outboard Motor Dealer with both of these stores.
He was an avid shrimp fisherman. He loved working with plants and feeding the birds and squirrels.
He is survived by two sons; Ernest Harold "Sonny" Steele Jr. of Andalusia, David Brooks Steele of Monroeville, one daughter; Elizabeth Ann Steele Murray of Mobile, two brothers; Lewis Steele of Pensacola, Robert Steele of Bessemer, six grandchildren; Louanne Steele, Trey Steele, Mary Ruth "Missy" Murray, Alexis "Alec" Murray, Brooks Steele Jr. and Bryant Steele.
Audrey Inez "Mutt" Sims Watford
May 4, 2003
Services for Mrs. Audrey Inez "Mutt" Sims Watford, 79, will be held today, May 7, 2003 at 10 a.m., at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel, in Atmore, with Bro. Mike Grindle officiating. Burial will follow at The Recognized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Cemetary in Huxford, Al.
She passed away on May 4, 2003. She was born on Aug. 29, 1923, in Escambia County.
She was retired from Vanity Fair Mills as a sewing operator. She was a member of the Brooks Memorial Baptist Church, and a member of the Sunday School Class at Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Edward Jackson and Lillie Bell Richardson Sims; her husband Carl Watford and a son Donnie Watford.
She is survived by: David E. Watford of Fayetteville, Ga., Billy G. Watford of Atmore; one daughter, Kathy W. Gaffney of Atmore; four sisters, Ellen Ard of Bogee, Fl., Lauren Travis of East Brewton, Nadine Ellar and Maxine Powell both of Pensacola; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers were Shannon Teal, Davie Watford, Taft Brown, Michael Gaffney, Mark Shannon and Danny Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Esther Sunday School Class of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.
Elbert Ray Lambert
May 4, 2003
Viewing and visitation for Mr. Elbert Ray Lambert, will be held Friday, May
9, 2003 from 1-8:30 p.m., at Turner Funeral Chapel. Funeral
Services will be held Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 2 p.m. at First
Pentecostal Holiness Church, in Atmore, with Bishop Charlie Etheridge officiating.
Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, in Atmore.
He passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2003 at his residence. He was a born in Monroeville, was a resident of Atmore, and worked as a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanchet Lambert; his parents, Charlie and Pinky Lambert; a daughter, Dianna Harris; and a son, Troy Harris.
He is survived by his six daughters, Barbara Rabb, Dorene Lambert, Yolanda
Etheridge (Maurice) all of Atmore, Pinky Frye (Ollie) of Atlanta, Lorene
Langford of Miss, and Shirley Crenshaw of Pennsylvania; six sons, Elbert
Lambert Jr., and Zackery Harris both of Atmore, Willie (Sonny) Johnson of
Pensacola, Eddie Lambert of Iowa, Anthony Lambert of Union Springs, Ala, and
Carlos Rabb of Detroit; three sisters, Betty Dailey and Alma Boggan both of
Atmore, and Vernon Dickerson of Mobile; and one brother James Lambert of
California; twenty-eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one Godchild, Charlette Brown of Atmore.
Turner Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
William James Wallace
May 2, 2003
Funeral Services for William James Wallace will be held, Friday, May 9, 2003 at 1 p.m. at North Atmore Church of Christ, with Evangelist Walter L.
Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Stallworth Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers and Flower Bearers.
He passed away on Friday, May 9, 2003.
He worked at Kaiser Aluminum &Chemicals in Baldwin County and attended North Atmore Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Young Jr.; and three sisters,
Annie Lou Phillips, Willie Evelyn Long, and Mary Kyle.
He is survived by his wife, Hattie Doris Wallace; a daughter, Danielle
(Toot) Wallace; three sisters, Clara Hamilton, Gladys Davis, and Lillie B.
Mitchell; three Godchildren, Temecia McCulluam (Cha Cha), Llewelynn
Shoemaker (Tat Tat), and Keydakus Kaudell (Tapoo); three foster children,
Octavia, James, and Tyrone Russell all of Atmore; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Robinson Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
George Wayne McKay
May 1, 2003
Funeral services for George Wayne McKay, 79, of Atmore, were held Saturday, May 3, 2003 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Brother Kelly Brown and Liston Edding officiating. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.
McKay was born February 15, 1924 in Philadelphia, Miss., to the late James Gordon and Ida Nance McKay.
He was a retired teacher and coach in the Escambia County (Fla.) school system and a lifetime deacon at First Baptist Church, past president of the Atmore Civitan Club, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II.
A building at Bratt Elementary School is named after Wayne and Nellie McKay in honor of their service and dedication.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nellie L. McKay of Atmore; four daughters, Barbara Ryland and husband Johnny, Sharon McGhee and husband George, Carol Killam and husband Steve, and Kim Downey, all of Atmore; four grandchildren, Nicole Killam, Chase McGhee, Kellie McGhee, and Hunter McKay; two brothers, James McKay of Brandon, Miss., and Haywood McKay of Jackson, Miss.; five sisters, Ruth Clark of Louisville, Miss., Alice Fulton, and Bobbie Cumberland, both of Philadelphia, Miss., Edna Pickard and Madeline Strahan, both of Meridian, Miss.
Active pallbearers included Billy Ray Lee, Liston Eddins, Jerry Mason, Gary Purvis, Freddie Godwin, Dean Smith, and Alton Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Baptist Church.
Johnson Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Mary Lee (Ryland) Brooks
May 2, 2003
Funeral Services for Mary Lee (Ryland) Brooks were held, Sunday, May 4, 2003 at 2 P.M. at the chapel of Norris Funeral Home, with Rev. J.E. Ryland, Rev. Larry Peacock, and Rev. Jim Parkerson.
Interment followed at Bay Minette Cemetery.
She passed away on Friday, May 2, 2003 at a Mobile hospital.
She was a born in Monroe County and was a resident of Bay Minette.
She served as a seamstress with Den-Tal-Ez until she retired after 27 years of service.
She is survived by her husband, Carter L. Brooks of Bay Minette; one son,
Ricky L. Brooks of Bay Minette; three daughters, Patricia Dianne Peacock and
Glenda Brooks Couviller both of Pine Grove, Ala, and Kathy Lanette Bundy of Bay Minette; three brothers, J.E. Ryland of Pine Grove, Ala, Bobby Joe Ryland of Atmore, and Douglas Ryland of Davisville; one sister, Jeanette Brown of Molino; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Norris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.