Obituaries for Wed., Sept. 9, 2015

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Florence R. Williams

Florence R. Williams, 74, passed away on Mon., Sept. 7, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Florence was born on Nov. 30, 1940, in Atmore to Parker D. and Clara L. (Walton) Richburg. Florence was a homemaker and a loving and caring mother.

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She is survived by her children, Jim (Melinda) Williams of Mobile, Michele (Mario) Weiss of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Mike (JoLynn) Williams of Perrysburg, Ohio; grandchildren, Courtney, Josh, Madison and Mackenzie Williams; and sisters, Ann Stern and Mary Grimes.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends will be received tomorrow, Thurs., Sept. 10, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, Ohio (419-874-3133), where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Fort Meigs Cemetery. Condolences may be made online to the family at

Ila Gene Hyler

lla Gene (Jean) Hyler, born May 1, 1928, was called home to be with the Lord on Sept. 4, 2015.

She was a loving and devoted wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 69 years, Elmer O. Hyler; her children, James Elmer Hyler, M.D., Janice H. Ballensinger, Janelle H. Bates and Jalene H. Dennard; her grandchildren, Shawn, Jason, Ashley, Janine, Anne, Amanda and Justin; and her four great-grandchildren, Lexi, Parker, Jace, Khaleesie, Gabrielle and Olivia. Since 2009, she has lived with her husband at Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile.

Visitation will be held on Fri., Sept. 11 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Little Sisters of the Poor. Services will be graveside at 10 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 12, 2015, at Pine Rest Memorial Park, 16541 U.S. 98, Foley, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that love offerings be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1655 McGill Ave, Mobile.

Juanita Ingram

Juanita Ingram, 85, of Atmore, passed away on Sun., Aug. 30, 2015, in Pensacola,

Fla. She was a cook with the Escambia County High School, and was born on Oct. 25, 1929 to the late Earnest L. and Annie Shirley White

She was a member of the Presley Street Baptist Church.

Survivors are two sons, Ricky (Merilla) Ingram of Church Pt., La. and Randy (Melissa)

Ingram of Atmore; one daughter, Rita (David) Lowery of Gardendale; one brother, Don (Diane) White of Robertsdale; seven grandchildren, Bo Ingram, Zach Ingram, Caleb Ingram, Cory Low, Evan Low, Jessica Ingram and Tyson Lambert.

Services were held on Sat., Sept. 5, 2015, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral

Home Chapel with Bro. Willie Olsbey officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were her grandchildren.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of all arrangements.

Larry Allen Gibbs

Larry Allen Gibbs passed away on Sept. 4, 2015. He was 69 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughters, Keisha Legerton (Gregg) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Leisha Strickland of Daphne; step-daughter, Amy Ramsey (Jerry) of Gulf Shores; step-granddaughter, Macey Ramsey of Gulf Shores; his sisters, Gloria G. Lovell of Winston Salem, N.C., Sarah G. Beyette, of Atmore, Clara G. Burton of Pendleton, Ore. and Connie G. Ford of Warrenton, Va.; several loving nieces and nephews; as well as other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ardie Dee and Georgia Prestwood Gibbs; and his brother, Ralph C. Gibbs.

Born in and a longtime resident of Atmore, Larry joined the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1969. He served his country in Vietnam, where he achieved the rank of corporal. Larry was honorably discharged from military service in May 1971. After returning from Vietnam, Larry served the city of Atmore through the Atmore Police Department as a patrolman. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1976, and to detective sergeant in 1981, becoming Atmore’s first detective. Larry developed and headed the first detective division and was promoted to detective lieutenant in 1984. In 1988, Larry was recruited by the Daphne Police Department to serve as a detective sergeant and to develop the first detective division for Daphne. In 1995, after a 26-year career, Larry retired from law enforcement. After retirement, Larry moved to Gulf Shores, where he enjoyed the slower pace of beach life, and served as security for local business establishments, as well as Gulf State Park. Larry was a proud lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. In lieu of flowers, donations to the NRA on his behalf would be appreciated. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ardie Dee and Georgia Prestwood Gibbs; and his brother, Ralph C. Gibbs.

Funeral services were held on Sun., Sept. 6, 2015, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Grindle officiating.

Full Military Honors were bestowed prior to his internment at Oak Hill Cemetery on Sept. 6.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Melvin L. Hiebert

Melvin L. Hiebert, 79, of Walnut Hill, Fla., passed away on Aug. 30, 2015, in Seattle, Wash., while visiting in the area.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1936, to the late Peter G. and Lucretia Holdeman Hiebert in Hillsboro, Kan. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Kathryn Hiebert; son, David Hiebert; two sisters, Zelda Havlik and Viola Fast.

He was a farmer most of his life, missionary to Mexico and Guatemala, and was a member of the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda Laura Hiebert of Walnut Hill; two sons, Steve (Lynette) Hiebert of Walnut Hill and Kendall (Rhonda) Hiebert of Arcadia, Fla.; one brother, Byron (Louise) Hiebert of El Campo, Texas; three sisters, Myra Street of Dayton, Texas, Esther Penner of Walker, Mo. and Merita (Willard) Koehn of Wilcox, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Sept. 5, 2015, from the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church with burial in Walnut Hill Memorial Gardens.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William Walter “Bill” Morrison

William Walter “Bill” Morrison, 82, died peacefully on Fri., Sept. 4, 2015, at Bethany House in Auburn, following a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Shelby (Hayles) Morrison; his son, William Todd Morrison and his wife, Robin; his son, Walter Craig Morrison and his wife, Katie; and five grandchildren, Kyle, Samuel, Patrick, Lucy and Eva.

Born and raised in Burnt Corn — the son of William Warner and Panda (Booker) Morrison — he lived the majority of his life in Lottie, Alabama.

In his early years, Bill worked in many different jobs on the farms and in the factories that dotted the rural area spread out around Burnt Corn. At the age of 16, he joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Germany following World War II, progressing to the rank of sergeant. At the age of 19, he returned home to pursue a civilian career, and at the age of 22, he met his wife, Shelby Jean Hayles, and they were married in Leakesville, Miss.

In 1955, Bill accepted an opportunity to work in the Spinning Area at Monsanto in Pensacola, Fla. Over the next 38 years, he demonstrated a tremendous work ethic and the ability to lead men, as he eventually retired as electrical maintenance supervisor.

Bill served his Heavenly Father as a deacon at Judson Baptist Church in Poarch. He served his community by championing the North Baldwin Water Authority, and was very active in helping neighbors with anything they needed fixed. He had a reputation locally as being very resourceful and always willing to lend a hand.

Bill and Shelby moved to Auburn in 2005 to be nearer to their children and grandchildren. Bill was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Auburn, and worked locally as a realtor.

Funeral services were held on Mon., Sept. 7, 2015, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Dukes officiating and burial at Lottie New Home Cemetery.