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Merrill Harlan Still
ATMORE – Merrill Harlan Still, 71, lifelong resident of Atmore, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 in Pensacola, Fla. He was born in Atmore on May 20, 1936 to the late Louie Branden and Rhonda Daniel Still. He was owner of Atmore Appliance/Western Auto and Atmore Ambulance since 1975. He attended McCullough Christian Center and was retired from the Alabama National Guard and International Paper Co.
His parents; a daughter, Kathy Ann Still and a son, Louie Bryan Still all preceded him in death.
His family leaves to cherish memories of his kindness, unselfishness and helpful ways. He was many things to all of those who knew him, quick to smile and slow to anger. Always trustworthy and a man of his word, trusting others and always willing to help someone in need, he was a loving and devoted husband and best friend to his wife. His family rests in assurance that they will see him again.
Survivors include, his wife of 52 years, Patricia A. Still; two sons, Terry (Stephanie) Still and Jon Still, all of Atmore; three sisters, Margene Mattingly, Rhonda (Kenneth) Shaw, all of Fairhope, and Nelda (Terry) McMullen of Decatur, Miss; nine grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren and a special "brother," Kenneth Shaw, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 from the McCullough Christian Center with the Rev. Cornelius Phillips and the Rev. Richard Daniels officiating. Interment followed in Judson cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Tom Benner, Jarrod Schneider, Scott James, Tolbert Cassidy, Kris Worth and David Repress.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry Milliken, Tommy King, Lindy Phillips, Jack Beck, Henderson Carraway and James Carraway, all employees of Atmore Ambulance and Atmore Appliance/Western Auto, also customers and friends of Atmore Appliance, Danny Lambert, Charles Lambert and David Lambert.
Family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at the McCullough Christian Center.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of all arrangements.
Mary M. Dortch
ATMORE – Mary M. Dortch was born on Nov. 10, 1945 in Wilcox County to the late Lillie Mae Dortch-Lambert and Charles Wood.
She leaves to cherish her memories, one loving and devoted son, Jerry L. (Nancy) Thicklin; four sisters, Dorothy Jean Dennis, Betty (Gene) McGinnis, Debra (Glenn) Brown and Judy Brown, all of Atmore; two brothers, MacArthur Dortch and Willie Ray Lambert; stepfather, Mr. Odelle Lambert of Atmore; three grandchildren, Jermeshia (Josh) Dale, Shameka Dale and Jerry Thicklin Jr.; two great grandchildren, Joshua Adam Gurley Jr. and Delaneny Gurley and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 8, 2008 at Christian Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Askew officiating. Interment followed in Fairview cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews and friends and flower bearers were nieces and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christian Memorial Funeral Home.
Mary Shavers (Toby) Dortch
ATMORE – Mary Shavers (Toby) Dortch was born on Oct. 9, 1943 in Little River to William and the late Louise McDonald. She attended and graduated from Baldwin County High School. Mary was a resident of Atmore and was a homemaker.
Her mother; a son, Richard McDonald and her husband, Will Dortch, all preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memories a loving father, William McDonald; five children, Carrie Montgomery of Brewton, J.D. Shavers, James (Tonja) Shavers, William (Laura) Shavers and Tony (Becky) Shavers, all of Atmore; seven sisters, Lois (James) Owens, Judy Haynes and Willie (James) Benjamin, all of Atmore, Katherine Green and Linda McDonald of Panama City, Fla.., Marilyn (David) Knotts of Walnut Hill, Fla. and Helen McDonald of Seattle, Wash.; three brothers, A.C. McDonald, Jimmie Lee McDonald and Theodore (Debra) McDonald, all of Atmore; six sister-in-laws, Geraldine Phillips, Linda Dortch, Rosetta Dortch, Georgia Dortch, Ella Abner and Ernestine Dortch; one brother-in-law, Clint Dortch; two adopted sisters, Essie Johnson and Linda French of Atmore; 16 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, and a devoted Johnnie Mae Abner Dickerson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at Holy Community Center in Atmore with Minister James Owens officiating and Bishop Jimmy C. Wilson as pastor. Interment followed in Fairview cemetery. Pallbearers were sons and nephews. Flower bearers were family and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christian Memorial Funeral Home.
Lucille Taylor
BYRNEVILLE, Fla. – Mrs. Lucille Taylor, 86, of Byrneville, Fla. died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 in Pensacola, Fla. after a long battle with cancer. Mrs. Renfroe was born Aug. 27, 1921 to her loving parents, Bud and Selena Taylor, who preceded her in death as well as her sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Herbert Leonard.
Lucille was a devoted follower of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who let her light shine before men. She was also a loving caregiver to her parents and sister in time of need. She was a member of the Beulah Chapel Assembly of God Church and retired from St. Regis Paper Co.
Survivors include, her nephews, who were her caregivers, John Leonard of Midland, Texas, Henry Leonard (Carolyn) and Danny Leonard (Erma), of McDavid, Fla.; four great and 12 great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Petty-Eastside Chapel with the Rev. Ronald Broadhead, the Rev. Shelton Kindig, and the Rev. J.D. Renfroe officiating.
Active pallbearers were Steve Leonard, Berry Leonard, Seth Leonard, Caleb Leonard, Jerry Fischer and Phil Nielson. Honorary pallbearers were the senior men of Beulah Chapel.
Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at the Petty-Eastside Funeral Home.
Flowers will be accepted by the family or contributions can be made to the Community Hospice.
Monroe White
ATMORE – Mr. Monroe White, 83, of Atmore died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 at Atmore Community Hospital. He had attended school in the Monroe County School System and was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Atmore.
His wife, Annie White, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron White, preceded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories, his nephew/caregiver, Theodore White of Atmore and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Atmore with the Rev. Lucious Fair officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview cemetery in Atmore.
Turner Funeral Chapel, LLC of Atmore will be directing.