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Obituaries

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Mrs. Creola Bryant
ATMORE – Mrs. Creola Bryant, 70, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006 at Providence Hospital in Mobile. She was a native of Castleberry and a resident of Atmore for many years.
Bryant was a member of Mt. Gillead Baptist Church and a member of the missionary society. She worked as a young matron and matron, a Sunday school teacher and was the Sunday school secretary and also an usher while she was able.
She was a 1955 graduate of Escambia County Training School in Atmore and was a homemaker.
Bryant was preceded in death by her parents, Wilson and Genevia Williams; two brothers, James Earl Williams and Bobby Williams.
Survivors include: her husband, Levarn Bryant; two daughters, Vanessa Smith of Mobile and Sondra (Nathaniel) Bryant McClendon of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, Rayvarn (Gwendolyn) Bryant of Atmore and Felix Bryant of Century, Fla.; five sisters, Jeanette Salter, Wilica Kemp and Margaret Hudson, all of Atmore, Marilyn Autrey of Mobile and Jill Layton of Granbury, TX; three brothers, Ryland Williams of Akron, Ohio, Larry Williams of Calif., Wilson Williams, III of Atmore; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at 12 p.m. at Mt. Gillead Baptist Church in Atmore with Rev. Robert Davis officiating.
Burial will follow at Pierce Cemetery in Freemanville.
The family will receive friends Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006 at the Chapel from 3-8:30 p.m.
Turner Funeral Chapel is in charge of all arrangements.
The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association. Make checks payable to: Juvenile Diabetes Association Memorial/ Tribute Program 920 Main, Suite 280 Kansas City, Mo 64105
Please include your contact info. (Donor) In Memory of Mrs. Creola Bryant or call Stacey at (202)465-4115.
Mrs. Evelyn Lanier Cotton
ATMORE – Mrs. Evelyn Lanier Cotton, 93, of Atmore died on Nov. 4, 2006. Mrs. Cotton was born to John Allen Lanier and Minnie Lee Lucas Lanier on June 6, 1913 in Damascus in Escambia County. Mrs. Cotton worked many years at Vanity Fair Mills as an examiner. She was preceded in death by her husband, King David Cotton; four sisters, two brothers; a beloved daughter, Mable Edmiston; a granddaughter, Lynn Edmiston and a great-granddaughter, Brittany Donovan. She was a faithful member of Oak Grove Church of Christ for many years and was considered the matriarch of the church and dearly loved by all. Mrs. Cotton had two great loves in her life, her relationship with God and her family. Her children feel so blessed and privileged to have her as their mother. She will be missed so very much by her family and all who loved her. Survivors include: four sons, John David Cotton, Robert Young Cotton, Harlon Gene Cotton of Atmore and Stacey Wilburn Cotton of Covington, Ga.; three daughters, Mary Marjorie Troutman and Linda C. Helton of Atmore and Margaret Ann Beasley of Davisville, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Hooks of Damascus. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Randolph officiating. Robert Cotton and longtime family friend, Gladden Gibson, assisted. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family received friends on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Mrs. Cotton's grandsons and great grandsons: Ricky Troutman, J.D. Cotton, David Edmiston, Stacey L. Cotton, Ben Daniel and Les Cruit. Honorary pallbearers were members of Oak Grove Church of Christ, Gary Bouler, Harold Oglesby, Gene O'Farrell, Ronnie Berry, Sammy Berry, and Lance Blackburn.
Johnson- Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Frances H. Early
ATMORE – Mrs. Frances H. Early, 80, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2006 in Atmore.
Mrs. Early was a native of Paris, TX, a former resident of Santa Paula, Calif. for most of her life, and a resident of Atmore since 1998. She was a very loving and selfless wife, mother, and grandmother. She attended the Brooks Memorial Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Francis E. Early; three brothers, Noel Waters, Roy Waters and Bobby Gene Waters; and a sister, Wilma Joy Dubbers.
Survivors include: her sons, Chuck and Kim Early of Mich.; three daughters, Paulette and Robbie Robertson of Tacoma, Wash., Glenda and Bennie Harrelson of Atmore and Diana and Frank Warren of Fla.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Ruby Adams- Henderson of Nev.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the Petty Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Grindle officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006 between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Petty Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Bennie Harrelson, Robbie Robertson, Mitch Harrelson, Randy Harrelson, Kevin Harrelson, and Josh Early.
Honorary pallbearer will be Chuck Early.