Obituaries for Wed., March 2, 2016

Published 11:56 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Jerry Jerome Brooks

Mr. Jerry Jerome Brooks, 59, of Atmore, accepted the Master’s call on Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, at Mobile Infirmary.

A native of Atmore and a graduate of Escambia County High School in 1975, Jerry worked many years at Masland Carpets before going to work at Wind Creek Casino until his health failed. He was a member of Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church and a die-hard Auburn fan.

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Terena Brooks; his parents, Spencer and Hazel Brooks; three brothers, Walter, Gary and Larry Brooks; and one sister, Walteena Brooks.

Those left to cherish his life are two daughters, Tamekia (D’marcus) Brooks-Benjamin of Tensaw and Janet McCaster of Atmore; one son, Jeremy McCaster of Atmore; two sisters, Phyllis Johnson of Atmore and Risa Brooks of Montgomery; four brothers, Lester Brooks of Augusta, Ga., Vincent Brooks of Miami, Fla., Kenneth Brooks of Atmore and Steve Brooks of Montgomery; and six grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Sat, Feb. 27, 2016, from Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center with Overseer Darryl North, pastor, officiating. Inhumation was in Stallworth Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Kenneth Chad Hanks

Mr. Kenneth Chad Hanks, 40, passed away on Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, in Pensacola, Fla.

He was a native of McDavid, Fla., and a resident of Century, Fla., for most of his life. Mr. Hanks was an employee of Blackjack Creek and was of the Holiness Faith.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ken Hanks; grandmothers, Ruby Griffis and Mazie Hanks; aunt, Annette Lambeth; aunt and uncle, Wayne and Mary Griffis; uncle, Tony Hanks; and cousin, David Griffis.

He is survived by his mother, Brenda Hanks of Century; wife, Shannon Hanks of Flomaton; two sons, Logan Hanks and Dalton Hanks, both of Flomaton; one daughter, Destiny Hanks of Flomaton; four step daughters, Allison Ladner, Emily Ladner, Jessie Marion and Lexie Marion, all of Flomaton; one sister, Shannon Hanks Campbell of Century; one grandchild, Ryland Burnham of Flomaton; nephew, Nick (Lynn) Campbell; great-nieces and nephew, Callie and Collin Campbell; niece, Megan (Chase) Lewis; and great-nephew, Liam Lewis.

Funeral services will be tomorrow, Thurs., March 3, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Cliff Emmons and the Rev. Mike Wetzel officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Visitation will be today, Wed., March 2, 2016, from 6 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jason Findley, Jr. Emmons, Sammy Portwood, Clavin O’Neal, Brian Belle, Wade White and Keith Baker.

Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes LLC of Atmore is in charge of all arrangements.


Laura H. Stacey

Laura H. Stacey, 71, of Atmore, passed away on Mon., Feb. 15, 2016, at her residence.

She was a secretary for Swift Lumber Co., for more than 20 years, and was born in Atmore on June 28, 1944, to the late Chester and Mabel Martin Helton. She was a member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors are one son, Stephen Stacey of Gulf Shores; two daughters, Stephanie (Dale) McGhee of Walnut Hill, Fla. and Shannon (Justin Vibbert) Stacey of New York, N.Y.; two brothers, Don (Linda) Helton and Chet (Kaye) Helton, all of Atmore; three sisters, Patricia Smith, Virginia (Earnie) Milbredt and Mona Woods; five grandchildren, Ashlynn, Andrew, Megan, Aundrea and Cooper; and one great-grandchild, Tracy.

Services were held on Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Heard officiating. Interment followed in Serenity Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Kevin Woods, Larry Smith, Alex Smith, Chad Helton, Brett Helton and Gary Hare. Honorary pallbearers were The Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

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


Lillie Kate “Tot” Dixon

Mrs. Lillie Kate “TOT” Dixon, 78, of Atmore, began her heaven-bound journey on Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, at Mobile Infirmary.

She was a native of Atmore. A graduate of Escambia County Training School in 1955, Mrs. Dixon was a member of Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by three daughters, Barbara Dixon, Antionette “Toni” Dixon and LaSheila Dixon; one son, Robert Dixon; her mother, Rosie B. Franklin; one sister, Gertrude Jessie; three brothers, David, Leroy, and Ollie Franklin.

She will forever live in the hearts of her husband, Willie Robert Dixon of Atmore; one daughter, Kimberly Dixon of Atmore; two sons, Carnell Dixon and John Dixon, both of Atmore; her dog, Cutie Pie; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Fri., March 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Greater Mt. Triumph Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Hawthorne, pastor, officiating. Inhumation will be in Stallworth Cemetery. Public viewing will be tomorrow, Thurs., March 3, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and her body will lie instate at the church one hour prior to the funeral service with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Martha Ann Stabler

Mrs. Martha Ann Stabler, 66, passed away on Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, in Century, Fla.

Mrs. Stabler was a native of Lakeland, Fla., and a resident of Atmore for the past 42 years. She was retired from Vanity Fair with 21 years of service, former owner of Classic Touch Car Detailing and Stabler’s Country Lounge.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Stabler; parents, Bob and Adeline Fordham; one brother, Gary Shelton; and three sisters, Barbara Jean Thompson, Patricia Fordham and Peggy Jean Rynearson.

She is survived by her three sons, Christopher Wade Canova of Louisiana, Hank William Stabler of Molino, Fla. and Bobby Lee Stabler of Atmore; two daughters, Samantha Ann (Arthur) Mothershed of Atmore and Teresa Marie (Charles) Waters of Bratt, Fla.; two brothers, Donald Shelton of New Port Richie, Fla. and Robert (Betty) Fordham of Augusta, S.C.; five sisters, Diane Boully of Lakeland, Fla., Wanda Fordham of Augusta, S.C., Becky (Bruce) Meigs of Augusta, S.C., Shirley (Jeff) Gibbons of Lakeland, Fla. and Dolly Sue Richards of Pavo, Ga.; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held on Tues., March 1, 2016, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Thurl Pearson serving as officiant.

Burial followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes LLC of Atmore was in charge of all arrangements.


Walter Edward Pierce

Mr. Walter Edward Pierce, 89, of Atmore, entered the sweet peace of his heavenly home on Sun., Feb. 21, 2016, at South Baldwin Hospital in Foley.

A native of Sardis, he was a graduate of Escambia County Training School. He was a retired barber, first African American fireman in the city of Atmore, retired machine operator of Samco Productions and he worked at the Sails Center for over 20 years. He was an Escambia County Voters Return Officer for over 40 years. He was a Mason and a Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during World War II. He loved fishing and basketball, and was an Atlanta Braves fan and die-hard Auburn Fan.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ardie Mae Pierce; one son, Michael Pierce; his parents, Willie Edward and Minnie Mae Pierce; one sister, Martha Ann Pierce; and one brother, Tommy Lee Pierce.

Those who remain to carry on his legacy are his children, Sheila Purdie of Enterprise, Gregory Pierce of Atmore, Ronnie (Helen) Pierce of Foley and Ericka Pierce of Loxley; 20 grandchildren with one he reared, Mashayliah Williams; and a host of great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, at Pillar Ground of The Truth Holiness Church in Freemanville Community with the Rev. Michael Arnold, his grandson, eulogist and, Elder Shirley Dean, pastor. Retirement of his remains was with military honors, next to his wife, Ardie Pierce, in Fairview Cemetery, with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.