Published 1:59 am Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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Irene Salter Thomas
ATMORE – Mrs. Irene Salter Thomas, 64, widow of the Rev. Joseph Thomas, of Atmore died on Monday, May 21, 2007 at her residence after an extended illness.
She was a native of Atmore and a graduate of Escambia County Training School Class of 1960. Mrs. Thomas was a former resident of N.Y. where she worked for Life Savers. She later moved back to Atmore where she married the Rev. Joseph Thomas, who pastured Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Atmore. She was a former employee of Southern Aluminum in Bay Minette where she worked until her health failed.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie Salter, her parents, Ben and Susie Salter, a sister, Geraldine S. Stephens and a nephew, Eric Stephens.
She is survived by: one brother, Grady (Euthia) Salter of Fairfield, Calif.; two sisters, Ailene Sams of Port Chester, N.Y. and Alice (Roosevelt) Jones of Wabassa, Fla.; nine step children, one very special step-son, Minister Garry Thomas of Mobile; a host of nieces and nephews, special niece and caregiver, Karen Stephens of Atmore; three god-children, Kenyatta Keon McCants, Jr., Katrice Shanta Tucker, and Felicia Jones; and four special friends, Ms. Waymon Wingate, Ms. Linda Faye George, Ms. Dorothy Lee and Mrs. Helen Brown all of Atmore.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Baptist Church (Hwy. 21) in Atmore with the Rev. Freddie Banks, Pastor, officiating. Retirement of her remains will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Public viewing will be held on Monday from 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Chapel. Her body will lie instate at the church one hour prior to funeral services.
Turner Funeral Chapel of Atmore is directing.
Dover Ira Daniels
ATMORE – Mr. Dover Ira Daniels, 68, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at a Mobile hospital.
Mr. Daniels was a native and former longtime resident of Atmore and a resident of Theodore for the past two years. He was a caring man and provider and attended the Methodist Church. Predeceased in death by a brother, Denver Daniels and a sister, Dora Grueneberg.
Survivors include: two sons, Derwin Daniels of Biloxi, Miss., and Dwight Daniels of Pace, Fla.; two grandchildren, Anthony Daniels and Miranda Adkins; mother of his children, Jean Daniels of Atmore; and three sisters, Barbara Posey of Bratt, Fla., Lena Taylor of Montgomery and Clara Cobb of Atmore.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 3 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. C.L. Langford officiating.
Burial followed at Byrneville Cemetery.
Visitation was held Wednesday, May 23, 2007 from 1:30 p.m. until funeral time at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Tommy Smith, Troy Smith, Tim Smith, John Eistner, Charles Elliott and George Elliot.
Kellum Monroe Purvis
ATMORE – Mr. Kellum Monroe Purvis, 80, of Atmore died Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at his residence. He was a retired security guard with First National Bank, born on Nov. 23, 1926 in Escambia County to the late Burrell Wilson and Helen Overstreet.
He was a Merchant Marine for seven years and with the Army National Guard #711 Battalion B for two years with Bay Minette.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Chandler Purvis.
Survivors are: three sons, Leonard Purvis and wife, Miriam of Atmore, Donald Purvis and wife, Debbie of Mobile and Douglas Purvis and wife, Charlotte of Atmore; one daughter, Shelia Helton and husband, James of Atmore; one sister, Dorothy P. Mathis of Montrose; eight grandchildren, Amanda Purvis, Michael Purvis, Justin Purvis, Rachael Purvis, Rebecca Purvis, Aaron Purvis, Leigh Ann Rowland, and Abby Helton; six great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, May 25, 2007 at 10 a.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.L. Langford officiating. Interment followed in Serenity Gardens. Active pallbearers were: J.C. Long, Gerald Davison, Tiny Hall, Adolph Ryan, James Rabon, and Herb Waters. Honorary pallbearers were: Michael Purvis, Justin Purvis, Aaron Purvis and Christopher Rowland.
Family received friends Thursday evening May 24, 2007 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc is in charge of all arrangements.

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