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Obituaries

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Margaret Etheridge Reese
TULAROSA, NM – Margaret Etheridge Reese, 71, of Tularosa, N.M., formerly of Nokomis, Fla., went to be with our Lord on Jan. 9, 2007. She was of the Baptist faith and accepted the Lord at an early age. She was known as Sister Cotton because when she was young her hair was the color of the cotton she often picked.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bessie Lee Etheridge Barlow and Bill Etheridge and stepfather Walter Barlow. Her husband Bill Reese, one son, Richard Reese, sisters, Ivie Robinson, Lydia Nutter, Edith Ortego, brother, Pe Joe Barlow.
Survivors include: her children, Angela Reese of N.M., John Reese of Texas, Mary Parrish of Ohio, and Will Reese of N.M.; sisters, Georgia Smith of Texas, Judy Rathsack of Atmore, Diane Elkins of Atmore, Debbie Barlow of McDavid, Fla., Margaret Bryars of Perdido; brothers, Jessie Etheridge of Atmore, Donald Barlow of Mc David, Fla., Frank Barlow of Perdido, Tobe Barlow of Texas, Floyd Barlow of Texas, and James Barlow of Texas; her grandchildren, Daniel Reese, Andrew Reese, Margaret Reese of N.M, Alexandria Reese, William Reese of N.M., Nicholas Parrish, Zachary Parrish, David Parrish, Samuel Parrish of Ohio; many nieces and nephews; special cousins, Sam Lee and Billy Ray Lee who were like brothers and many childhood friends from the Atmore Area.
Burial was at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
Martin Edmon Ryals
WALNUT HILL, FLA. – Mr. Martin Edmon Ryals, 69, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 in Pensacola, Fla.
Mr. Ryals was a native of Castleberry and a resident of Walnut Hill, Fla. for the past 42 years. He was retired from Monsanto after 37 years of service in 1993, was an Honorary Chapter Farmer of Walnut Hill, Fla., and attended the First Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
Survivors include: his wife of 43 years, Adele Ryals of Walnut Hill; two sons, Paul Cornelius Ryals of Walnut Hill, Fla. and Loisil Baker of Sanford, Fla.; six daughters, Althea and Fred Rude of Saluda, N.C., Lois and Jerry Stuckey of Walnut Hill, Fla., Geneva and Leon Hewitt of Newman, Ga., and Lori and Glenn Penwright of Hattiesbug, Miss.; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lloyd Earl Ryals of Montgomery and Marvin Ryals of Albuquerque, N.M.; and his sister, Christine Hinton of Carrabelle, Fla.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 at 2p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Collie and Rev. Henry Johnson officiating.
Burial will follow at Pineville Cemetery.
Visitation was held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Eady, Donnie Williamson, Gordon Freeman, Jerry Stuckey, Mitchell Ryals, and Vernon Phillips.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Clarence Hart, Max Turner, Willie Wilbourn, Brent Andrews, and Jessie Nicholson.