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Earnest David Brown

By Staff
June 5, 2003
Earnest David Brown, 64, of Bay Minette, died Thursday at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
He was a native of Stockton and a resident of Bay Minette for many years. He was a domestic homemaker and attended school in Baldwin County.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, William M. Brown Jr., Thomas Earl Brown, George Hamilton Brown and Willie James Brown; and his parents, William Malcon Brown, Sr., and Reaber Brown.
He is survived by 10 brothers, Rev. Jasper Lee and wife Carolyn Brown of Atmore, James Woodrow and wife Jennifer Brown of Atmore, Robert Lee and wife Sandra Brown of Bay Minette, Claude and wife Betty Jean Brown of Bay Minette, Elmore Lee and wife Linda Brown of Bay Minette, Lovess Brown of Rochester, NY, Cleland and wife Barbara Brown of Rochester, NY, Lester Brown of Rochester, NY, Spencer Ray and wife Adell Brown of New Orleans, and Chester and wife Delois Brown of Mobile; five sisters, Christine and husband Johnnie Taylor, Guestine and husband Esau Stevens, Reaber Brown, Bernadetta and husband William Taylor, all of Bay Minette, and Roise Lee Brown of Butler County.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bay Minette. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Memorial Gardens in Bay Minette.
Pallbearers were friends and family members.
Turner Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
J. Z. Murphy
June 8, 2003
J. Z. Murphy, 86, of Atmore, died Sunday in Bay Minette.
A native of Uriah, he was a resident of Atmore for the past ten years. He was a Son of the Confederacy and attended Atmore Church.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Steve Richard Murphy and Keith Jeffery Murphy; two wives, Angie Farley Murphy and Bertha Heaton Murphy; and a stepdaughter, Ruby Jean Booker.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Murphy of Atmore; his daughter, Claudette M. and husband Charles Clinton of Rexburg, Idaho; two stepsons, Otis and wife Shirley Myers of San Antonio, Texas and Charles Dewayne Myers of Stapleton; five stepdaughters, Deborah Lynn and husband John Bange of Stapleton, Pam Kirchharr of Bay Minette, Daisy Coleman of Perdido, Betty Jo Rider of White House Fork, and Judy Barr of Bay Minette; his sister, Dollie and husband Rex McCellan of Pensacola, Fla.,; 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with President Bill Beech officiating.
Burial followed at Semirah Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Heath Clinton, John range, Donald Booker, Amos Turner, andy Akins, and Dennis Wiggins.
Eastside Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ercell McGhee Rodgers
June 5, 2003
Mrs. Ercell McGhee Rodgers, 64, of Atmore, died Thursday at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
A native of Jonestown, Miss. she was a resident of Atmore for most of her life. She graduated from Escambia County Training School in 1959 and attended Alabama State University for two years. She was a homemaker and a member of Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church where she served as the church secretary for over 25 years.
She was also Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School Department and a matron. She was a member of the Ladies of Leisure of Atmore.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Andrew T. and Mrs. Catherine McGhee; a sister, Vernice McGhee; and a brother, William McGhee.
She is survived by her husband, Aaron Rodgers of Atmore; two daughters, Roslanda and husband Micheal Henderson of Atmore and Mechelle McReynolds of Atmore; three sons, David and wife Angela Ephraim, Jr. of Pueblo, Colo., Andrew and wife Beverly Rodgers of Atmore, and Scottie Rodgers of Indianapolis; one brother, Dr. Robert McGhee of Brooklyn, NY.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church with Rev. Joe L. Hayes officiating. Burial followed at Lucious Cemetery in Atmore.
Pallbearers were friends of the family. Turner Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Jeannie Horne Singleton
June 6, 2003
Jeannie Horne Singleton, 52, of Atmore, died Friday.
She was a native of Atmore and a resident of Atmore since 1994. She attended Atmore Church of the Nazarene and was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Betty Horne.
She is survived by her husband, Stanley E. Singleton of Atmore; her son, Donald Ellis of Atmore; a stepson, Stan Singleton, Jr. of Uriah; a daughter, Amanda Pitcher of Pensacola; a stepdaughter, JoAnn Singleton of Uriah; a sister, Donna Lynn Horne of Fairhope; a nephew, Frank Amerson of Fairhope; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 10 a.m. June 9 at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Nora Jacobs officiating. Burial followed at Panola Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Stanley Singleton, Sr., Stan Singleton Jr.; Don Ellis, Jr., David Pitcher, Mike Ward, Mike Plant and Pete Plant.
All arrangements were handled by Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
John Clifton Mims
June 6, 2003
John Clifton Mims, 59, of Atmore died Friday. A native of Atmore, he graduated Escambia County High School and Howard College. He was a pharmacist, an Army veteran and an avid woodsman and turkey hunter. He was on the board of directors of the Turtle Creek Environmental Center and serve on the vestry of the Trinity Episcopal Church for many years.
He is survived by wife Emilie, son Jason Tucker Mims, Atmore, daughter Rachael Mims Hobgood of Birmingham as well as mother Lorene Tucker Mims, granddaughter Emilia Rose Chambers, sister Gayle Mims Ward, brother Clifton Hobdy Mims Jr., all of Atmore.
Services were held 10 a.m. June 10 at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home handled all arrangements.
James Austin Baker
June 6, 2003
James Austin Baker, 6, of Fairhope died Friday. A native of Fairhope, he was a student.
He is survived by his parents, James Rufus and Tina Renee Baker, a sister, Megan Elizabeth Baker all of Fairhope, as well as grandparents, Jack and Betty Baker of Daphne, R.L. Morris and Barbara Mosley of Orange Beach, Dr, Harold and Sherry Wilson of Atmore.
Also survived by uncles and aunts John and Susan Baker, Fairhope, George and Susie Martin of Birmingham, David and Tonya Garrett of Daphne, and Tara Michelle Morris of Pensacola, Fla.
Services were held 11 a.m. June 9 at the Fairhope United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Bullington officiating. Burial followed at Fairhope Memorial Gardens.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home handled all arrangements.