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Obituaries

By Staff
Obituaries for Feb 25, 2004 edition of the Atmore Advance
Edgar Thomas
Edgar Thomas, died on Friday, February 13, 2004, he was born, July 15, 1947 to the union of Ernest and Alma Craig Thomas. He graduated from the Escambia County Training School in 1965. Edgar later moved to Detroit, Mich. and was employed by Daimler Chrysler Corporation for 34 years until retirement.
He is survived by his parents, Ernest and Alma Thomas of Atmore; his wife, Corliss Thomas of Detroit; three sons, Gregory and Ericka Pressley of Jacksonville, Fla., Kevin Thomas of Detroit, Deondre Knight of Pensacola; two daughters, Kimberly Watkins of Jacksonville and Tamika and Lendell Thompson of Culver, Calif.; five granddaughters, Krystal, Andrea, Lauren, Asia and Mahal; two brothers, Floyd and Ruth Thomas of Ephrata, Pa., John Thomas of Atmore; two sisters, Ernestine Fountain of Pensacola, Annette and Julius Haston of Spanish Fort; one sister-in law, Phyliss and Roosevelt Cole of Detroit, Mich.; three aunts, four uncles, and a host of nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Gillead Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was followed at Pierce's Cemetery with Rev. Alfonzia Willams officiating.
Marjorie Benton Emmons
Mrs. Majorie Benton Emmons, 74, died Thursday, February 19, 2004 at a Santa Rosa County Hospital.
Mrs. Emmons was a native of Mobile, a former resident of Fayette, Ala., and a resident of Century for the past 59 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Emmons of Century; two sons, Larry Odell and Vicki Emmons of Augusta, Gra., and Thomas Earl and Shirley Emmons of Manford, Okla.; her daughter, Gwen and Mike Cole of St. Louis, Mo.; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 3 p.m. at the Faith Bible Baptist Church in Bluff Springs, Fla., with Rev. Gene Stokes officiating.
Burial was followed at Flomaton Cemetery with Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing.
Visitation were held Saturday, February 21, 2004 between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Mike Hutto, Jeremy Bondurant, Phillip Blackwell, Marcus Godwin, Kenny Maher and Cliff Thompson.
Robert Shaw Turner
Mr. Robert Shaw Turner, Jr., 61, died Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at a Mobile hospital.
Mr. Turner was a native of Uriah, a former resident of Frisco City and a resident of Goodway for the past ten years. He was loved by his family and friends and attended the Eliska Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Tollison.
He is survived by his wife, Mattie Turner of Goodway; four daughters, Peggy and Dale Felts of Excel, Bobbie Turner of Goodway, Christie and Heath Johnson of Mexia and Nicole and Bryan Hill of Mineola; a brother, Doug Turner of Eliska; a sister, Melba Lovitte of Excel; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 10 a.m. at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Angelo Thomley and Bro. Buddy Williams officiating. Burial was followed at Poplar Springs Cemetery.
Visitation were held Friday, February 20, 2004 between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Tim Casey, Jimmy Strokes, Frank Cronier, Larry Seals, Henry Cook, Coalyn Norris, Matthew Casey and Woody Reed. Honorary pallbearers were Excel Fire Department.
David Kern Stallworth, Sr.
David Kern Stallworth, Sr. died Friday, February 20, 2004 at the age of 66. Descended from a pioneer Alabama family, Mr. Stallworth was born January 24, 1938 in Monroeville. He attended Monroeville schools and was graduated from Marion Military Institute. He attended Auburn University before joining his father in business in 1959. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After joining Monroe Oil Company, Later Southern Energy Company, Mr. Stallworth was active in a number of business and professional organizations, including the Alabama-Mississippi Oil Jobbers Association, which he served as president. He was also involved with the Southeastern LP Gas Association and the Associated Industries of Alabama. Mr. Stallworth was active with the American Red Cross in the Monroeville area and with his church St. John's Episcopal, where he served as senior warden in 1977. Mr. Stallworth is preceded in death by his mother and father, Elizabeth Kern "Beck" and B.H. "Buster" Stallworth as well as his older brother Blanchard Houston Stallworth, III.
He is survived by three children, Dr. David Kern and Spence Stallworth, Jefferson Beeland and Betsy Stallworth of Auburn and Nancy Elizabeth Stallworth Weiss of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren, Lee Houston Fields Stallworth, all of Monroeville and Jefferson Grant Stallworth and Ruth Elizabeth Stallworth of Auburn; a devoted companion, Anita Daniels of Perdido.
The family received visitors on Monday, February 23rd in the parish hall at St. John's Episcopal Church in Monroeville from 1:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. followed by a memorial service in the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Monroe County Hospital Garden Fund, the Monroe County Library, Auburn University of St. John's Episcopal Church. Johnson funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John Wesley Holder Sr.
John Wesley Holder Sr., 75, of Huntsville died on Monday, February 23, 2004 at home while under the loving care of his family.
Born in Uriah, Mr. Holder led an honorable and generous life. He traveled the world upon joining the merchant marines during World War II at the age of 16. He served his country in the armed services and worked for Ampex Corporation as regional sales manager. For the past 25 years he was a successful independent business owner in the computer storage industry.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Holder; daughter, Betty and Chandler Hall; son, John and Tamara Holder Jr. of Covington, Gra.; grandchildren, Whitney Newsom, Noelle Holder and Katherine Hall; brothers, Alex and Martha Holder of Perdido Key, Fla. and Jim and Lois of Orange Beach; sisters, Nell Holder of Mesa, Ariz., Helen Day and William McKenzie of Monroeville and Vera and Charles Lindauer of Theodore; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. There will be a viewing at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore at 2 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2004. Burial will be at Oakhill Cemetery in Atmore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Family Care or Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund.