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Ellis Estelle Mitchell Washington
POLLARD - Ellis Estelle Mitchell Washington was born to the late Willie and Lillie Bell Mitchell on Dec. 5, 1928 in the China community of Evergreen. She departed this life on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 in Pensacola, Fla. at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Estelle attended the public school system of Conecuh County. She was employed for many years at Catawba Springs Baptist Church in the McCall community until she retired.
Sister Washington became a Christian at an early age when she joined Pleasant Grove AME Methodist Church in the China community of Evergreen. Later she moved her membership to St. Luke Baptist Church in Century, Fla. Estelle united in marriage to Robert Washington and to this union one child was born. After her marriage to Robert Washington (her “soul mate”) of Pollard, Estelle united with St. Peter Baptist Church where she served many capacities and remained faithful until her death.
Estelle was Sunday school teacher for the adult class for 30 years at St. Peter Baptist Church in Pollard and was deaconess for many years. She served as worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Stars of the Steadfast Chapter #688 for several years. Later Estelle joined Olive Chapter #153 of Brewton. Estelle had a passion for sewing, flower gardening, cooking and serving the saints of God and spending quality time with her family and friends. She was well known by many throughout Conecuh and Escambia Counties.
Memories of her kindness and generous spirit will be cherished by a loving and devoted husband, Robert Washington; one daughter, Mary Ann Harden of Pollard; two grandchildren; William Harden Jr. of Auburn and Carol Harden of Montgomery; three brothers, Willie George Mitchell of Quebec, Canada, John Davis Mitchell of Mississippi and Carl (Ethel) Mitchell of Century, Fla.; three sisters, Alice Nathan of Los Angeles, Calif., Mary (Jesse) Gardner of Columbus, Ga. and Hattie Mae (Cecil) Lett of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four brothers-in-law, Audrey Washington of Brooklyn, N.Y., Charles Washington of Brewton, Wiggins Washington of Pollard and Richard Washington of Brent, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Georgia (Mae) Tolliver; a devoted friend, William Harden; a devoted niece, Kenya (Robert) English and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2008 at St. Peter Baptist Church with Pastor Allen Miller officiating. Interment followed in Pollard cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerold Odom, Wiggins Washington Jr., Willie Earl Lewis Jr., Nicholas Lewis, Morrion Perryman and Tafari Osby. Flower bearers were nieces and Eastern Star sisters.
Joe Lee Williams
DAPHNE - Mr. Joe Lee Williams, 65, of Daphne, formerly of Atmore, died Saturday, March 29, 2008 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope. He was a native of Atmore (Freemanville Community) and graduated from Escambia County Training School in 1959. He was retired from Scott’s Paper Co. in Mobile and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Daphne.
His parents, Autry and Aline Williams; brothers, Leo Williams, Virgil Peoples and James “SON” Williams and sisters, Ollie M. Barnes and Geneva Rivers preceded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories, his wife, Ellen B. Williams of Daphne; one daughter, Karen Lynn (Caruso) Lamar of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sons, Erold Andre Williams of Mobile and Anthony Quinn (Regina) Williams of Daphne; two sisters, Juanita Hubbert of Thomasville and Idell (Robert) Longmire of Atmore; three brothers, Leroy (Minnie) Williams of Atmore, Herman (Barbara) Williams of Detroit, Mich. and Willie Fred (Constance) Williams of Tacoma, Wash.; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2008 at 1 p.m. at the Jones Street Holiness Church in Atmore with the Rev. Alfonzia Williams officiating and Bishop Willie L. Williams, gracious host. There will be no public viewing. Interment will be held in the Williams Family cemetery (Jack Springs Road) in Atmore with Turner Funeral Chapel, LLC of Atmore directing.
Ira Sherman Barnes
BRATT, Fla. - Mr. Ira Sherman Barnes, 65, passed away Monday, March 31, 2008 at a local hospital.
Mr. Barnes was a native of Oak Grove, Fla. and a resident of Bratt, Fla. for most of his life, a loving family man and attended the Protestant Church.
Survivors include, his wife, Sarah Beth Barnes of Bratt, Fla.; his son, Jerry Ezell of Pensacola, Fla.; three daughters, Wanda Booth and Linda Bell, both of Lakeland, Fla. and Judy Griggers of Atmore; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four brothers, Windal Barnes of Milton, Fla., Grover Barnes of Atmore, Leslie Barnes of Bratt, Fla. and Dexter Barnes of Lansing, Mich. and his sister, Atha Waller of Bratt, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April, 3, 3008 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home. Visitation will be held today, April 2, 2008 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Peebles, Jason Peebles, Jeff Harrell, Michael Barnes, Kevin Barnes and Josh Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Riggs, Bernie Wiggins, Curtis Welch, Bill Ragan and Marvin Harrell.
Joseph Elmer Jarman
CENTURY - Mr. Joseph Elmer Jarman, 93, died at Century Nursing Care.
Mr. Jarman was born June 8, 1914 to the late Joseph and Melissa Jarman. Mr. Jarman was a retired mechanic, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Jarman and one brother, Pete Jarman.
Survivors include, two sons, Charles Jarman of Century, Fla. and William Jarman of Pensacola, Fla.; one sister, Ida Lee of Pensacola, Fla.; seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at Atmore Memorial Chapel.
Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.