Obituaries for the week of Aug. 11-19

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Willie Pratt Lee Sr.
Willie Pratt Lee Sr., 86, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away on Fri., Aug. 14, 2015. Willie was born May 8, 1929 in Thomasville to the late Etta Jewel Hudson Lee and Shelly Avery Lee.
He was predeceased by his two older sisters (Eunice and Neva) and one younger brother (Joe).
Willie grew up in Alabama with many aunts, uncles and cousins nearby.  Countless family members played fiddle or guitar and sang. His early music life was steeped in country western and grand ole opry. Willie played guitar and had a fine singing voice.
He left home at 16 to join the Army Air Forces. He loved his family and home state (he was an avid Alabama football fan), but longed to see the world. He wed Agnes Vernelle Robinson on Sept. 10, 1949, and they celebrated 63 years of marriage before Agnes died on March 20, 2013.  Willie and Agnes had and are survived by four children, Willie P. Lee, Jr (“Bill”), Shelia Lee Fisher, Mitchell R. Lee and Michael L. Lee; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Initially a radar specialist, Willie served three years active duty in the Army Air Forces. He earned a degree in electronic engineering and, after an honorable military discharge, joined Bendix Corporation’s aeronautical space division. He and Agnes moved their family many times over the next two decades, including stints in Washington D.C., Montana, Ohio, Germany, New York State, Maryland and New Jersey.
After their children were grown, Willie was promoted to vice president of Bendix’s (now Allied Signal) South American business, and he and Agnes moved to Rio de Janeiro, where they became avid golfers. In 1986, after 32 years with Bendix/Allied Signal, Willie accepted early retirement and he and Agnes moved to Sarasota. He earned a stock broker’s license, a real estate license, headed up the local U.S. Census in 1990, and then started his own business selling ink jet and laser cartridges.
In addition to a love for music and travel, Willie embraced education—for himself and his children—and was always fascinated by technology (radios, televisions, cars, boats, airplanes, cameras, computers and smartphones).  When Willie finally retired, he spent hours learning the latest photography techniques, fascinating everyone with his mastery of digital cameras and computer programs to enhance his material. Not surprisingly, he won awards, made many new friends and stayed interesting and interested.
Willie was a quick wit and loved a good joke. He was always charming and retained a wicked sense of humor to the end.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Ride 2 Recovery’s Tampa Bay area local group, Project HERO Pinellas (, a group dedicated to helping injured veterans recover through cycling. Willie supported this group not only as a veteran of the Army Air Forces, but also through the personal connection of his son, Mitchell, who is an active participant/rider.

Charlotte Elaine Turk
Mrs. Charlotte Elaine Turk, 63, of Uriah passed away on Tues., Aug. 11, 2015, at Monroe County Hospital.
She was a native of Atmore, but lived most of her life in Semirah Springs. She was a graduate of J.U. Blacksher High School. She was a former member of Mineola Baptist Church for many years.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Hollinger Turk; paternal grandparents, William Labon Turk and Essie Grimes Turk; and maternal grandparents, Alexander H. (Doll) Hollinger and Lillie Mae Heathcock Hollinger.
She is survived by her father, Thomas Turk of Semirah Springs; one sister, Debbie Bohannon of Semirah Springs; and half brother, Butch Griffey of Theodore.
Visitation was held on Sat., Aug.15, 2015 at Semirah Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services followed at Semirah Springs Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse Bohannon officiating. Interment was held at Semirah Springs/Poarch Creek Indian Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.
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Lillie Mae Cunningham
Mrs. Lillie Mae Cunningham, 82, of Atmore, transitioned from earth to eternity on Sat., Aug. 8, 2015, at Atmore Community Hospital.
She was a native of Monroe Co. and lived in Atmore for most of her life. She was a longtime employee at Greenlawn Hotel.
She is survived by her sons, daughters, siblings and grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on Sat., Aug. 15, 2015, from Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. N. L. Arnold officiating and the Rev. Isaac Bradley serving as host pastor.
Retirement of her remains was in Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing

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Roy Everette Gibbs
Mr. Roy Everette Gibbs, 86, of Atmore, was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Mon., Aug. 10, 2015, at Atmore Community Hospital.
He was a retired farmer and spent most of his lifetime in the Davisville, Fla. area.
He was preceded  in death by his parents, Leonard and Lilly Gibbs; wife,  Joann Gibbs; brothers, Hollis, Robert Lee and Leon; sisters, Sybil (Bob) Godwin, Edith (Nelson) Hawkins and Betty (Shirley) Martin.
He was saved   at an early age and was of the Methodist faith, but in his later years, attended First Assembly of God Church in Atmore, before becoming a resident of Atmore Nursing Center for the past three years.
Survivors include wife, Alice of Atmore; four sons, Perry Gibbs of Atmore, Gary (Carla) Gibbs of Cantonment, Fla., Tim (Gina) Gibbs of Davisville, Fla. and Chris (Teresa) Gibbs of Rabun; along with a host of grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; step-children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held on Fri., Aug. 14, 2015, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Davis and Bro. Ted Bridges officiating.
Active pallbearers were Tom Gibbs, Wyman Gibbs, Tony Gibbs, Norman Goss, Jeff Gibbs and Roger Riggs. Honorary pallbearer was the First Assembly Senior Sunday school Class.
Burial followed in the Canoe United Methodist Church Cemetery in Robinsonville.
Visitation was held on Thurs., Aug. 13, 2015, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Judith Ann Stephenson Tucker
Judith Ann Stephenson Tucker, born on May 31, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., died on Thursday morning, Aug. 13, 2015, at her home in Nokomis.
She was a member of Nokomis Baptist Church, a descendent of the LostState of Franklin, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of First Families of Tennessee and Red Cross East Tennessee Volunteer of the Year 1989. Judith gave selflessly of herself to those in need, and will be deeply missed by her family who cherished her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter H. and Margaret Linginfelter Stephenson; sister, Emily Houck Ellison; daughter-in-law, Christina B. Tucker; nephew, Jeffery Houck; mother and father-in-law, Ralph A. (Jr.) and Sally Hubbard Tucker; brother-in-law, Roger Tucker; aunt and uncle, Buck and Pauline Hubbard; and uncle, Wade Johnson.
She is survived by beloved family husband, Dr. Ralph A. Tucker Ill; son, H. Stephenson Tucker; daughter, Theresa L. Tucker; grandsons, Stephen C. Tucker and Nicholas A. Tucker; nephew, Shane C. Houck; great niece, Emily C. Houck; aunt,Margaret Hubbard Johnson; aunt and uncle and dear friends, Wayne and Linda Hubbard; cousins, Phyllis Thompson, Leeand Lisa Douglas, John Sr., John Jr., David and Bill Lloyd, Henry VanAnda,James L. Davis, Thomas Cannon, Todd and Samantha Hubbard, Taylor and Brayden Hubbard. She is also survived by treasured lifelong friends, Libby Bowling and SandraHopson.
Funeral Services were held on Sat., Aug. 15, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jim Hill officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Sat., Aug. 15, 2015, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Atmore, Alabama is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue Shelter, P.O. Box 1031, Talbott, TN 37877.