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Elder Minnie Lou (Powers) Frye
ATMORE – Elder Minnie Lou (Powers) Frye, 82, born in Evergreen on Oct. 2, 1924 to the late Mary Earnest (Sanford) Powers and Elvin Henry Powers. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 58 years, Bishop Toiton L. Frye on Oct. 10, 2001. She was the fifth of 11 children, eight of whom preceded her in death: five brothers, Zachary "Zack" Powers, David Lee "Bo" Powers, John Lewis "Johnny" Powers, Maurice Powers, Eddie Lee "Sonny" Powers and three sisters, Elvie Lee (Powers) Savage, Marguerite (Powers) Kelly and Mary Lee (Powers) Nelson.
Elder – Sister Frye – accepted Christ in 1948 and was filled with the Holy Ghost at a tent meeting on Carver Avenue in Atmore, where she was called to the ministry soon after. In June of 1977 she was appointed pastor of St. Paul A.F.M. Church of God in Atmore of which she helped to establish. She remained its pastor until her retirement in 2001.
On Nov. 4, 1983 Elder – Sister Frye – obtained her High School Equivalency Certificate. In June of 1989 she received her bachelor's degree at Florida Apostolic Bible Ins (Cantonment, Fla.). For her faithful service as a member of the Grand Jury (21 Judicial Circuit Court of Escambia County); in 1989 she was recognized by the office of the district attorney. The National Sunday School Department recognized her for her perfect attendance and zero tardiness for Sunday school. Elder-Sister Frye was also and Avon representative for many years.
She is survived by: five children, Helen "Teta" Frye Gorgoni of New York, N.Y., Minnie "Radiah" Frye DeRoger of Paris, France, Robert L. Frye (wife Dorothy) of Southfield, Mich., Mary Delores Frye of Willingboro, N.J. and James E. Frye of Detroit, Mich.; 16 grandchildren: Fedric, Maya, Mia, Allecia, Raquel, Robyn, Maresha, Valerie, Patrice, Scoey, Delaun, James, Reggie, Josh, Lisa, and Micestro; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Amelia (Powers) Brooks and Pauline (Powers) America (husband William), both of Atmore; sisters-in-law, Lizzie Frye, Ada Lee Powers, both of Atmore; Pearl Flora Powers of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Bessie Powers of Detroit, Mich., and Ella Tolbert of Irvington and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be today at Deliverance Ministry of Jesus Christ at 11 a.m. with Bishop Donice Brown officiating.
Burial will follow in Stallworth Cemetery.
Visitation was held Tuesday, June 05, 2007 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at St. Paul A.F.M. Church of God.
Pallbearer and flower bearers will be family and friends.
Christian Memorial Funeral Home of Atmore is directing.
Harvard Walter Hardee
MONROEVILLE – Harvard Walter Hardee, 86, of Monroeville died June 3, 2007 at Monroe County Hospital. Mr. Hardee was born in Skinnerton in Conecuh County, resided in Atmore from 1959 to 1977 and then moved to Monroeville. Mr. Hardee was a member of Eastwood Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service for 32 and one half years.
Survivors are: his wife of 63 years, Margaret Louise Holloway Hardee of Monroeville; two sisters, Edith Sanders of Auburn and Sarah Heaton of Monroeville; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Monroe Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Bodiford officiating.
Burial followed in Pineville Baptist Cemetery in Beatrice.
Donations may be made to the Alabama Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 361767, Birmingham, Al 35236 or the charity of your choice.
Reavie C. Watson
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Mrs. Reavie C. Watson, 88, of Columbus, Ga., formerly of Flomaton, died Friday, May 31, 2007 at a Columbus, Ga., hospital.
She was a native of Flomaton and had attended Fannie School in Flomaton. She was a member of Damascus Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday School teacher, President of the Missionary Society, an usher and a member of the choir. She was a member of Eastern Star Rising Star Chapter #113 of Century, Fla. She was a retired dietician with the Escambia County Board of Education where she worked at the Flomaton schools and also the Flomaton Community Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Watson, her mother, Phyllis Odom, a grandson, Derek Bass, and sister, Ella Fair Newton.
She is survived by: one daughter, Ruby (Lawrence) Bass of Columbus, Ga.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Damascus Baptist Church in Flomaton with the Rev. Henry Hawkins officiating. Interment will be in the Fannie/ Damascus Cemetery in Flomaton. Her body will lie instate at the church one hour prior to funeral services with Turner Funeral Chapel of Atmore directing.
Hal Knox Waller Sr.
MOBILE – Hal Knox Waller, Sr., a native of Prentiss, Miss. and a longtime resident of Mobile died June 3, 2007 in Atmore at the age of 97. Mr. Waller was a retired businessman who was co-owner of R.A. Hill Tobacco Company and served as president of the National Wholesale Candy Association. He was a WWII Veteran of the Marine Corps, a charter member of Heron Lakes Country Club and a member of Ashland Place First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Waller is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea Slay Waller, his son, Hal Knox Waller Jr. and his grandson, Hal Knox Waller III.
Survivors are: his daughter-in-law, Ann W. Waller; his granddaughter, Melissa Waller Nichols (Randy), great-grandchildren, Randell Gordon Nichols, Jr. and Ann Walton Knox Nichols all of Atmore; a brother, William Luper Waller (Dora) of Ocala, Fla.; sister-in-law, Sue Slay Lewis (Ralph) of Batavia, Ohio; several nieces and nephews, and many devoted and loyal friends at Heron Lakes Country Club, Atmore Nursing Center, The Meadows Assisted Living in Atmore and special friend and caregiver, Charles Leslie of Atmore.
Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. from the Pine Crest Mausoleum in Mobile with visitation one hour prior to service at the Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial be made to the American Cancer Society, 900 Western American Cr. Suite 101, Mobile, Al. 36009 or a favorite charity of choice.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc is in charge of all arrangements.