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Annice Taylor McGhee
ATMORE - Annice Taylor McGhee, 79, of Atmore died Saturday, July 26, 2008 in Atmore.
She was a trainer for Monsanto, born in Evergreen on Feb. 13, 1929 to the late Charles and Ruby Lynn Taylor.
Her husband, Alger McGhee Jr. and three brothers, Calvin Taylor, Bob Taylor and Charles Taylor preceded her in death.
Survivors include, a son, Dale McGhee (Stephanie) of Atmore; two sisters, Charlyne Jackson of Moss Point, Miss. and Angus Tomlinson of Mobile; three grandchildren, Megan McGhee, Ashlynn Clemmons and Andrew Clemmons and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008 in Uriah cemetery. Family received friends from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Active pallbearers were, Jon, Taylor and Brad Martin, Joe Foster, Austin Lee, Chuck Foster and Sonny Kilpatrick. Honorary pallbearers were, Andrew Clemmons, Garum Taylor, Connor Sistrunk and Danny McGhee.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of all arrangements.
John Robert “Johnny” “Chili” Childress
ROBINSONVILLE - Mr. John Robert “Johnny” “Chili” Childress, 75, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at a Pensacola hospital.
Mr. Childress was a native and resident of Robinsonville. He retired from NAS Pensacola with 35 and half years service. He loved to hunt and fish.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Childress; three grandchildren, his parents; four brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include, his wife of 53 years, Lettie Jane Childress of Robinsonville; daughter, Sondra Childress of Robinsonville; daughter-in-law, Dawn Childress of Northrop, Covington County (Clyde), sister, Merle Allen of Littlerock; two brothers-in-laws, Willis Ray (Voncille) of Canoe and Marvin Ray (Pattie) of Robinsonville; four sister-in-laws, Mary Conway of Stockton, Willie Mae Childress of Byrneville, Fla., Gertrude Childress of Dixie Landing and Daisy Childress of Pollard; granddaughter, Trinity Beth Childress of Covington County and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 30, 2008 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel with the Rev. Marvin Bender officiating. Burial will follow at Canoe Freewill cemetery. Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at the Funeral Home.
Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Mildred C. Fancher
ATMORE - Mildred C. Fancher, 87, died on July 11.
Born in Vicksburg, Miss. Preceded in death by one son, Eddie Fancher; mother and father, Julia and Edward B. Cotton and four brothers, Fred, T.C., Melvin and Foster. Mildred had one daughter, Julianna, two sons, Eddie and Bill; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one living brother, Dwain and wife Ellen of Vicksburg, Miss.
Mildred attended high school in Vicksburg where she was drum major. She attended Hines Jr. College on a scholarship where she was also drum major in the band. Mildred attended the University of Southern Mississippi on a band scholarship where she was once again head drum major. Mildred received a bachelors degree and a master’s degree in home economics.
Mildred started teaching school in 1949, in Neshoba County in Philadelphia, Miss. Sterling Fancher began his teaching career in the same school. After three moths of courtship, they were married in Dec. 1949. They taught seven years in Mississippi then moved to Atmore in Dec. of 1956 and finished their teaching career at Earnest Ward. Teaching there for about 22 years. Mildred and Sterling always worked in the same school except for two years that he was principal at Molino, Fla.
Some of Mildred’s activities included, home economics club, future homemakers of America club and joy riders club. She was a member if the First Baptist Church and Sunday school class. She did work for the Atmore Community Hospital Auxiliary Club. She belonged to the Women’s Garden Club. She bought and collected stuffed animals and some blankets for the Nursing Home, she did substituting teaching at ECHS and at ECMS.
Mildred was always doing something for others. She made many dozens of quilts to give to relatives and friends. She was always involved in sewing and doing some kind of crafts. She liked to cook and was good at it. Preparing many good meals for holiday occasions.
Mildred liked to go to basketball games, especially when Sterling was coaching. She would keep scores and statistics for him as well as telling the officials how to call the game sometimes. One of her joys was to attend her family reunion each year at Hines Jr. Col. in Mississippi.
Since much of Mildred’s life was devoted to helping and working with young people, including the early years of the First Baptist pre-school program.
It is the family’s desire to establish a Memorial Fund for Mildred to be used for activities of the First Baptist pre-school program. It may be a pavilion to keep the hot sun off the children, or play ground equipment, on other facilities as the directors may decide.
Since the family did not designate a specific memorial fund for Mildred, some are asking what they can do. I have several checks and donations to apply a memorial fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund make donations to First Baptist Church pre-school fund. First Baptist Church 310 S. Main Street Atmore, AL 36502 or you may send to Sterling Fancher at 500 McRae Street Atmore, AL 36502.
Minnie Holland
CHRISTIAN HOME, Fla. - Mrs. Minnie Holland, 90, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008 in Pensacola, Fla.
Mrs. Holland was a native of Burnt Corn, a resident of Christian Home, Fla. for most of her life and attended the Christian Home Freewill Baptist Church.
Her husband, Burson Holland; a son, Raymond Holland and a daughter, Betty Holland preceded her in death.
Survivors include, two sons, Bill and Hazel Holland of Pensacola, Fla. and Roger and Gloria Holland of Christian Home, Fla.; three daughters, Elberta Kelly of Bay Minette, Sonja Gale of Pensacola, Fla. and Edna and Don Cerney of Stephenville, Texas; 13 grandchildren; a number of great grandchildren; a brother, Johnny and Willie Mae Burkett of Byrneville, Fla. and a sister, Estelle Thortis of Christian Home, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, July 30, 2008 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel with the Rev. Allen Cotton and the Rev. R.C. Wiggins officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Home cemetery. Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Minnie Della Holt Ethridge
PICAYUNE, Miss. – Minnie Della Holt Ethridge, 76, born on Sept. 5, 1931 was a native of Atmore and a longtime resident of Picayune, Miss. She passed away on Monday, July 28, 2008 in Mobile.
Survivors include, one son, Percy (Deborah) Ethridge of Mobile and two daughters, Shirley Ethridge of Mobile and Lisa (Anthony) Ethridge Gilmore of Lafayette, La.
Memorial Services will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 from at Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Picayune, Miss. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 in Atmore at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Stallworth Cemetery in Atmore.
Christian Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Trampus “Ben” Pritchett
RABUN - Trampas “Ben” Pritchett, 2, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2008 at his residence.
Trampas “Ben” Pritchett was a native and lifelong resident of Rabun, he was happy and loving child. He loved cars, trucks, music and cartoons.
Survivors include, his father and mother, Trampas and Laurie Pritchett of Rabun; brother, Mason Morris of Rabun; three sisters, Jordan Pritchett of Rabun, Taylor Morris of Rabun and Courtney DeAnn Brown of Bay Minette; grandparents, Harriett and Terry Hitchcock of Marion, Va., Mary and W. Pritchett of Rabun and Brian Cox of Tampa, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Brian and Shondra Pritchett of Gulf Shores, Tim and Angie Sikes of Montgomery, Jennie and Matt McAllister of Chilhowie, Va. and Amy Cox of Richmond, Va.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2008 at the Fretwell Tabernacle Holiness Church with Sister Helen Stewart officiating. Burial followed at Stockton Memorial cemetery. Pallbearers were, Craig Key, Daniel Johnson, Chad Pritchett and Tim Sikes.
Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
Lois Langford Brown
GREENVILLE - Lois Langford Brown went to be with her Lord on July 27, 2008 at the age of 93 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Greenville, Ala. on Aug. 6, 1914. Her husband, William Kenneth Brown and an infant son preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents, George and Elizabeth Dawson Langford; two sisters, Grace Langford Wiggins and Mildred Langford Hall and two brothers, Herbert Leonard and W.C. Langford.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, receiving blessings, appreciation and praise for her love, wisdom and generosity. Gifted in many creative crafts, she was always busy and excelled in gardening, sewing, crocheting, cooking and quilting. Her many beautiful quilts adorn her children and grandchildren’s homes.
She is survived by one daughter, Nina Brown Bartley and husband Robert of Walnut Hill and their sons Scott and wife Brenda of Pensacola; two sons, William C. Brown and wife Jean of Pensacola, their daughter Jennifer Brown Lee and husband Gary of Cantonment and their son Billy Brown and wife Ashley of Dalton, Ga. and Jack Brown and wife Karen of Walnut Hill and their son David of Pensacola; three great-grandchildren, Will Brown, Gary Lee, Jr. and Roy Lee. One brother, George T. Langford and wife Helen and a sister-in-law, Euna Langford, also survives her.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Thomas Sunnenberg, Penny and staff of the Sacred Heart Oncology Group and the Covenant Hospice and nurses, especially Summer Stuckey, and also to long time special caregiver and great friend, Barbara Moorer and caregiver Jennifer Johnson.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 from 10 a.m. until service time at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home. Services will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Roy Chewning officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Hill Baptist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Covenant Hospice, 5907 Berryhill Road, Milton, FL, 32570 or your favorite charity.