Published 2:18 am Thursday, January 13, 2005

By Staff
Obituaries for January 12 edition of the Atmore Advance
Romana Ellen Hart
Mrs. Romana Ellen Hart, 51, of Atmore died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, in Pensacola. She was employed by the state of Florida.
A native of Crestview, she was born Dec. 29, 1953, to Jesse L. and Verda Nelle Hurst Hart, Sr.
She is preceded in death by her father, Jesse L. Hart, Sr.
She is survived by her mother, Verda Nelle Hart of Atmore; two sons, Lee Talbott of Atlanta and Samson Bradley Talbott of Fort Myers, Fla.; a daughter, Courtney Marie Talmadge of Atmore; two brothers, Jesse L. Hart II of Atmore and Bill Hart of Daphne; two sisters, Jackie Harrison of Atmore and Wanda Tucker of Pensacola; and three grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at 2 p.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Earl Harrison officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill cemetery.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Lily Corinne Smith
Mrs. Lily Corinne Smith, 84, of East Horner St., Atmore, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at a local hospital after a brief illness.
She was a native and long time resident of Brewton and a former resident of Pensacola, Fla. She was of the Episcopal faith and a retired cost accountant from Monsanto with 28 years of service.
She is survived by a son, Harry C. (Janet) Smith of Atmore; a daughter, Corinne Lamont of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Darren Meehan, Amy Meehan, Jonathan Smith and Jamie Elizabeth Talley; and one great-grandchild, Caitlyn Grace Talley.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Union Cemetery in Brewton with the Rev. Albert W. Pruitt officiating.
Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Arkie Wise Coker
Arkie Wise Coker, 95, of Huxford, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at her residence.
She was born in McCullough, Ala., on Oct. 16, 1909 to the late William Henry and Emma N. King Wise. She was a nurse anesthetist.
She is preceded in death by her husband, J.Clarence Coker.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Brenda Coker of Huxford; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Dennis Whitehead of Birmingham; four sisters, Mary Elizabeth Elmore of Tallahassee, Leo Atkeison of Atmore, Elinor Purser of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Ruth Vickery of Atmore; five grandchildren, Christy Coker Etheridge, Joey Coker, Kenny Coker, Dustin Whitehead and Danielle Whitehead; two great-grandchildren, Marshall Coker and Jacob Coker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at 11 a.m. from the Huxford Baptist Church with Bo. Jesse Wood officiating. Interment followed in Huxford Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huxford Baptist Church Building Fund or the Cemetery Fund.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge of all arrangements.
Otis Raymond Stacey
Otis Raymond (PeWee) Stacey, 80, of Atmore, died Jan. 4, 2005.
Mr. Stacey was a resident of Atmore for the past 65 years. He was retired from Vanity Fair with 37 years of service. He was an elected constable in Atmore for 26 years. He worked as a member of the auxiliary police for the City of Atmore and as an auxiliary deputy for the Escambia County Sheriff's Department. He recently retired as a shop clerk for the Escambia County Road Department. He was a member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Wilson Stacey; his parents, William Earl and Mazie Gandy Smith; two sisters, Matress Stacey Marshall and Barbara Ann Jernigan.
He is survived by a son, William E. Smith of Atmore; a former daughter-in-law, Judy Roberts Smith of Montgomery; a brother, Adren W. (Joe) Stacey, Atmore; four sisters, Ola Stacey Reynolds, Pensacola, Katie Jones, Monticello, Miss., Faye Stacey Lindsey, Alexandria, La., and Verla Stacey Coker, Atmore; three grandchildren, Carol Davis, Diane Clayton and Jennifer Blanton; three great-grandchildren, Aaron Blanton, Sarah Williams, and Katelyn Nell Blades; a beloved friend, Mrs. Thelma Craddock; and a number of friends and family.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 7, at Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Brother Mike Grindle officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.,
Atmore Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Charles T. Kelly
Charles "Tom" Kelly of Atmore died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, in Pensacola.
He will be remembered for his service to the Atmore community as a pharmacist through Reid Drug Store, his love of Auburn University, his Christian spirit of tirelessly and generously serving others, and his deep devotion to his family and church.
He is survived by his wife, Wynelle G. Kelly; three children, Thomas J. (Farrell) Kelly of Atlanta, Robert K. (Nancy) Kelly of Lexington, S.C., and Martha K. (Doug) Smith of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and five grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at First United Methodist Church of Atmore with Dr. Doug Newton officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery in Pollard.
Pallbearers were Walter M. Kelly, III, William Thomas Kelly, Gregory Laurents Kelly, B. Don Wiggins, William Colin Wiggins and Robert Owen, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Children's Home of Selma or First United Methodist Church Organ Fund of Atmore.
Cravers Funeral Home in Brewton was in charge of all arrangements.
Thomas C. Hanks
Thomas C. "Tony" Hanks, 61, of Jay died Jan. 5, 2005, at a local hospital.
He was a native of Frisco City, but had been a resident of Jay for the past 37 years and was a member of the Gospel of Light Temple Church in Century. He was the founder and owner of H &H Drywall Contractors. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burley and Jewel Hanks, and a brother, Kent Hanks.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Hanks of Jay; a son, Matt Hanks of Jay; a daughter, Angie (Devon) Nelson of Jay; five sisters, Genene Baggett of McCullough, Glenda Averett and Elizabeth Johnson, both of Atmore, and Tiny Waters and Mary Griffis, both of Flomaton; and three grandchildren, Paul Thomas Black, Candace Black and Courtney Black.
Services were held, Sunday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Gospel Light Temple in Century, Fla., with the Rev. Wallace Reid, the Rev. Bobby Carnley and the Rev. J.B. Johnson officiating. Burial followed at Ebenezer Cemetery in Jay.
Active pallbearers were Matt Hanks, Chad Hanks, Wade Harris, Johnny Griffis, Jamie Waters and Dennis Griffis. Honorary pallbearers were J.T. Fowler, Arthur Nelson, Tommy Nelson, Tony Owens, Melvin Carnley and Dr. C. David Smith.
Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing.
Patricia Faye Flowers
Patricia Faye Flowers, 62, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at a Pensacola hospital.
Mrs. Flowers was a native and lifelong resident of Pensacola and attended the Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Randy Schindler of Houtzdale, Pa., and Jody (Melissa) Gay of Jackson, Miss.; a daughter, Sherry (Howard) Bloodsworth of Bratt; two sisters, Ola M. Hiers of Pensacola and Joanne Hiers of Acworth, Ga.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three nieces; one nephew; and many great-nieces and great- nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Ralph Morgan officiating.
Eastside Chapel was in charge of all arrangements.
Louise Meador Cruit
Louise Meador Cruit, 89, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, in a Mobile nursing and rehabilitation facility.
She was a native of Ararat, Ala., and recently a resident of Mobile. She was a previous resident of Metairie and Kenner, La., where she retired from the Jefferson Parish Louisiana Public School System. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Kenner, La.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Alice Wainright and Rosa B. Bush; and two brothers, A.B. Meador and Jimmy Meador.
She is survived by her husband, Elmore Cruit, Sr.; a son, Elmore Cruit, Jr.; a sister, Margurite Moody of Butler, Ala.; and a brother, Morris Meador of Jachin, Ala.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Enon Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 12:30 p.m. today until service time.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Mary Margaret Eddins Stanley
Mary Margaret Eddins Stanley, 79, of Pensacola, died Jan. 4, 2005, at a local hospital.
Mrs. Stanley was born on April 22, 1925, in Wardville, Fla. She was a charter member of Plainview Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Bettie Eddins; her son, Samual Robert Terral, Jr.; several brothers and one sister.
She is survived by her husband, Cleveland Stanley; sons, Theron Dee Stanley and Frank Donald Stanley; daughters, Betty Terral Smith, Dorothy Terral Skapyak (Wayne), and Mary Katherine Ruth (Kirk); a brother, Gerald L. Eddins (Reetha); and sister, Eunice Blum (Otto); nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Friday Jan. 7, 2005, from Faith Chapel North-Cantonment with the Rev. James W. Boyd officiating. Interment followed in Pine Barren Cemetery in Davisville, Fla.
Pallbearers were Wayne Skapyak, Kirk Ruth, Jeff Smith, Richard Eddins, Kenneth Boswell and Edward Kritzmire.
Ester Brown
Ester Brown, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, in a local hospital.
Mr. Brown was a native of Monroeville and a resident of Century, Fla., for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Barnes and Ruby Lee Brown.
He is survived by his daughter, Marrell Williams of Tampa, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Turner Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Karo Watkins officiating. Interment will follow in Century Cemetery.
Visitation is set from 1 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, in Turner Funeral Chapel.
Turner Funeral Chapel is in charge of all arrangements.
Naldo Lavel Walker
Naldo Lavel Walker, 15, of Atmore, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, in a local hospital.
He was a sophomore at Escambia County High School where he was an honor student and a member of the football team.
He is survived by his mother, Valerie F. Jemison of Atlanta; his father, Charles Lavel (Chuck) Weaver of Bronx, N.Y.; four sisters, Tamiko Walker of Nokomis, LaWanda Weaver and Vanessa Weaver, both of Bronx, N.Y., and Precious Jemison of Atlanta; three brothers, Levon Fisher of Atlanta, Larry Walker of Nokomis, an Charles Weaver of Bronx, N.Y.; his grandparents, Jessie Fisher of Nokomis, and Victoria Weaver of Bronx, N.Y.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church in Nokomis with Elder Austin Kidd officiating. Interment will follow in Nokomis Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at Turner Funeral Chapel.
Turner Funeral Chapel is in charge of all arrangements.

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