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By Staff
Illa Mae Byrd
ATMORE - Mrs. Illa Mae Byrd, 88, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008 at her home.
Mrs. Byrd was a native of Poplar Dell, Fla., a resident of Atmore since 1947 and attended the Westside Baptist Church.
Her husband, A.G. Byrd; her parents, Leonard and Zeba Killam; her son-in-law, Henry Lindsey and a grandson, Keith Lindsey, preceded her in death.
Survivors include, her son, Wallace and Helen Byrd of Atmore; her daughter, Jean Lindsey of Atmore; two grandchildren, Bryan Byrd of Little Rock, Ark. and Chris and Kathy Byrd of Atmore; a great grandson, Justin Byrd and three brothers, Claude Killam of Poplar Dell, Fla., Winston Killam of Perdido and James Killam of Ensley, Fla.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Gladden Mothershed officiating.
Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Johnny Burkett, Tim Wallace, Leonard Purvis, Ray Digmon, Benny Killam and Lucas Killam.
John William “J.W.” Ferrell II
URIAH - Mr. John William “J.W.” Ferrell II, 81, of Uriah died Aug. 14, 2008 at his residence.
Mr. Ferrell was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and lived in Uriah. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church and the Uriah Masonic Lodge #593. Mr. Ferrell owned and operated Ferrell Store in Uriah for many years.
Survivors include, his wife, Mrs. Ann Ferrell of Uriah; one son, Jerry Ferrell (Laura) of Uriah; one daughter, Charlotte Ferrell of Uriah; one sister, Bobbie Akins of Bon Secour; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Sheffield and the Rev. John Coker officiating. Burial took place in Poplar Springs Baptist cemetery.
Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Rev. Julia Lee Gomez
ATMORE - The Rev. Julia Lee Gomez, 75, of Atmore exited into existence in Aug. 13, 2008 at Providence Hospital in Mobile.
She was a native of Evergreen and attended school in Escambia County. She was a member of the New Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Atmore. She had served as the Pastor of the St. Paul AUFCMP Church in Lancaster, Pa. She was retired from Bulova Technology Company.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories, two daughters, Lorene Staples-Jones of Rocky Mount, NC and Essie P. Ford of Irmo, SC; one son, Anthony Quinn Gomez of Lancaster, Pa.; two sisters, Alice Shell of Pensacola, Fla. and Iva Farmer of Raleigh, NC; three brothers, the Rev. Willie N. Stallworth of Columbia, SC, Henry L. Stallworth of Waco, Texas and James L. Stallworth of Rock Hill, SC; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 at Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Askew presiding and the Rev. Freddie Banks, Pastor. Interment will be held in the Stallworth cemetery.
Public viewing will be held from 3 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home and her body will lie instate at the Church one hour prior to service time.
Turner Funeral Chapel, LLC of Atmore will be directing.
Sis. Mary Louise Jackson
CENTURY, Fla. - Sis. Mary Louise Jackson was born on June 5, 1936 in Century, Fla. to the union of Mitchell Ortheane Harris and Jeanette Harris, both deceased. The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she spent her young adult life. Louise returned to Century, Fla. in 1997 and united with Edward Point Christian Church where she served faithfully until her health failed. She was blessed with two lovely children, Luxora Sullivan and Ronald Davis.
Her father and mother; daughter, Luxora Sullivan and her brothers, Mitchell and Sam, preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Ronald Davis of Cleveland, Ohio; brothers, Edward Harris, Robert L. Harris, Charles Harris, Danny Harris and Donny Harris, all of Cleveland, Ohio; one aunt, Mrs. Mary L. Bass of Century, Fla. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2008 at Edward Point Christian Center in Century, Fla. with the Rev. Lamar Randall officiating.
Final arrangements were entrusted to Christian Memorial Funeral Home.
Claire A. Dempsey
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Heaven cried out for a new angel and someone to keep things organized. Claire Dempsey heard the call and off she went to apply for the job even though she loved life to the fullest.
She will be missed by her devoted and loving husband, Russell Dempsey of Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Sandra Ruben of Pensacola, Fla.; sons, Matthew (Becka) Bay and Jason Dempsey; three grandsons, Neil, Logan and Mason Bay, all of Memphis, Tenn.; a very good friend, Ricky Morgan; numerous nieces and nephews in Pensacola and Memphis and a multitude of friends all over.
A celebration of Claire’s life will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel on Scenic Highway.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Claire’s memory to the Pensacola Chapter of The American Cancer Society, 5401 Corporate Woods Dr. Pensacola, Fla. 32504.