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Obituaries for Wed., April 20, 2016

Ethel Luverne Norton

Ethel Luverne Norton, 101, of Atmore, passed away on Wed., April 13, 2016, in Atmore.

She was a homemaker, born in McCullough on Nov. 1, 1914, to the late James Bryant and Lillie Hall Smith. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atmore, the McCullough Friendship Club and the First Baptist Church Domino Club.

She is preceded in death by her Husband, Jessie Lloyd Norton; two sisters, Erma Rigby and Ira Biggs; and one brother, Alton Smith.

Survivors are one son, James Lloyd (Peggy) Norton of Atmore; one daughter, Iris (Donald) smith of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held on Sat., April 16, 2016, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Arnold Hendrix serving as officiate. Interment followed in McCullough Cemetery.

Family received friends April 16 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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

Jackson Braden Still

Infant Son Jackson Braden Still passed away on Sat., April 2, 2016, in Brewton.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Merrill and Pat Still and Steve Merchant; and a sibling, Steven Merrill Still.

He is survived by his parents, John B. Still and Stephanie Merchant; grandmother, Mary Merchant; two brothers, Hayden Thrower and Jon Christian Still; and two sisters, Hannah Thrower and Mikaela Still, all of Atmore.

Graveside services were held on Mon., April 18, 2016, from Judson Baptist Church

Cemetery with Bro. Cornelius serving as officiate. Interment followed in Judson Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

James Merel Gulsby

James Merel Gulsby, 79, of Seminole, passed away on April 14, 2016, in Crestview, Fla.

He was born on July 1, 1936, to the late Curtis and Evelyn Mixon Gulsby in Uriah. He retired from Conoco/Phillips Oil Company. He lived in many places while working in the oil industry, including: Fruitdale, Atmore, Gretna, La., the Netherlands, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi, Dubai. Then, after his retirement, he resided in Seminole. He served in the United States Army.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Curtis S. Gulsby Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Tillery Gulsby of Seminole; his children, Dewayne (Brenda) Gulsby of Franklinton, La., Samuel (Ann) Gulsby of Northport, Darryl Keith (Mary) Gulsby of Franklinton, La., Randy (Sherry) Melvin of Stockton, Rodney (Selina) Melvin of Seminole and Kathy Fayard of Gulf Shores; a brother, Rudolph (Mary) Gulsby of Seminole; grandchildren Kevin Gulsby, Crystal Wilbur, Dakota Gulsby, Salena Koehn, Michael Gulsby, James Curtis Gulsby, Latasha Jackson, Jessica Long, Kaylee Fayard and Cody Fayard; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held on Sun., April 17, 2016, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Skaggs serving as officiate. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with Military Honors.

Visitation was held April 17 from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Janice Ann Young

Mrs. Janice Ann Young, 55, passed away on Thurs., April 14, 2016, in Atmore.

Mrs. Young was a native of Greenville, Ma., former resident of Pensacola, Fla. and resided in Atmore for the past eight years. Mrs. Young was a member of the Friendly Holiness Church.

She is survived by her mother, Janet Huxtable of Atmore; husband of 26 years, Mike Young of Atmore; one daughter, Tinna Marie of Atmore; four brothers; four sisters; and two grandchildren, Hailey Marie and Sean Michael.

Funeral services were held Tues., April 19, 2016, at the Friendly Holiness Church with the Rev. Ray Ward serving as officiate.

Visitation was April 19 at the Friendly Holiness Church.

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

Joe Frank McGhee

Joe Frank McGhee, 70, of Atmore, passed away on Thurs., April 14, 2016, in Atmore.

He was a truck driver for many years, born in Atmore on May 27, 1945, to the late Kinzy and Ethel McGhee.

He was a member of United Pentecostal Church of Atmore, and a member of Poarch Creek Indians.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Raymond McGhee; and a sister, Willie Lois McGhee Fore.

Survivors are his wife, Dorothy Rackard McGhee of Atmore; two sons, Kendall (Karen) McGhee of Perdido and Chet (Natalie) McGhee of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; three sisters, Mary Gibbs and Carolyn Rackard, both of Atmore, and Betty (Gene) Sheppard of Dothan; and grandchildren, Kody McGhee, Keegan McGhee, Caroline McGhee and Georgia McGhee.

Services were held Sat., April 16, 2016, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Derick Gobert serving as officiate. Interment followed in New Home Cemetery. Active pallbearers were his nephews.

Family received friends April 15 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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

Kathryn Esneul Lowrey

Kathryn Esneul Lowrey, 94, of Atmore, passed away on Tues., April 12, 2016, at her residence. She was owner/operator of Lowrey’s Drive-In, born in Atmore on April 11, 1922, to the late Hugo Eugene and Essie Brooks Esneul.

She had worked for Dee Gibbs and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Atmore.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Charles Lowrey; and siblings, Hugo Esneul, Jerome Esneul and Virginia Esneul Hoomes.

Survivors are one son, William H. (Kathy Lee) Lowrey of Albuquerque, N.M.; one daughter, Kathy Lowrey (Scott) Vinson of Pensacola, Fla.; and many friends.

Services were held Fri., April 15, 2016, from the First Baptist Church of Atmore with the Rev. Arnold Hendrix serving as officiate. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Family received friends on April 15, at the First Baptist Church of Atmore.

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

Kenneth Ray Barnett

Kenneth Ray Barnett, 83, of Atmore, passed away on Thurs., April 14, 2016, in Atmore.

He was a pharmacist, owner and operator of Escambia Drug Store; born in Wallace on March 18, 1933 to the late Henry and Stella Trawick Barnett. He was a graduate of Auburn University and he also enjoyed his farm.

Survivors are his wife, Nancy Jones Barnett; two sons, James Michael Barnett and Wayne Barnett; one daughter, Kim (Ron) Tatum, all of Atmore; one brother, James (Beverly) Barnett of Barnett’s Crossroads; grandchildren, Audra Tatum, Olivia Tatum, Evan Tatum and Carson Barnett.

Graveside services were held Sat., April 16, 2016, from Oak Hill Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Dukes serving as officiate. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

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

LeRoy Hochstetler

LeRoy (Lee) Hochstetler, 83, passed away on Fri., April 15, 2016, in Atmore surrounded by family, friends and music.

He was born in Topeka, Ind., on April 20, 1932, and married Sara (Sally) Bontrager on Oct. 19, 1950. They moved to Blackduck, Minn., in 1964, where they raised their seven children and served as foster parents for 37 years. Lee worked in home construction and owned his own business for a period of time. He and his family were very active at Kitchi Pines Mennonite Church and in their community.

In 1994, Lee and his wife started spending the winter months with family in Atmore. There, he volunteered in prisons as a chaplain’s assistant with We Care Prison Ministry.

Lee is survived by Sally Hochstetler, his wife of 65 years; and seven children, Eugene (June) Hochstetler of Goshen, Ind., Theda (Ervin) Yoder of Bemidji, Minn., Phyllis (Arlan) Yoder of Mylo, N.D., Loveda (Wendall) Schrock of Traverse City, Mich., Jim (Carol) Hochstetler of Atmore, Linda (Dave) Levy of Blackduck, Minn. and Darcy (Keith) Peavy of Jackson; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two sisters; Anna Mae (Ernest) Miller of LaGrange, Ind. and Alice (Perry) Miller of Cambria, Wisc.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; three sisters and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Grace Fellowship in Atmore on April 19, 2016.

Pallbearers were Tyler Hochstetler, Joshua Hochstetler, Caleb Hochstetler, Jonathan McMath, Drew Peavy and Manuel Morales.

Lee was a living, breathing example of loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. He impacted many peoples’ lives and was loved dearly by everyone who knew him.

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

Elizabeth Delores Wilson

Ninety-five years ago in Goodway (Monroe County), a precious daughter was born and she would be known today as Mother Elizabeth Delores Wilson.

A native of Monroe County, she would reside in Pensacola, Fla., for many years before relocating to Atmore in her later years. Mother Wilson was a graduate of BIA (known as Bethel Industrial Academy) in 1939. After graduation, she continued her education at Alabama Normal School (known as Alabama A&M University).

As she lived in Pensacola and she worked as a dietary supervisor at University Hospital (Now closed) for over 35 years until she retired. In addition to her work life, she enjoyed playing the piano, catering and flowers. She was a member of Jones Street True Pentecostal Holiness Church, where she was the church mother. She was also the national mother for the True Pentecostal Ministries.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dempsey Wilson; her mother, Alice Mobley-Hollinger; and her father, Samuel Brown.

Those left to cherish her life and legacy are her three daughters, Gloria Reynolds of Lawrenceville, Ga., Elder Mona Simmons of Atmore and Vivian (Clarence) Dortch of Birmingham; one son, the Rev. Dempsey (Wanda) Daniels of Pensacola; four sisters, Cornelius Ricketts of Lake Charles, La., Beatrice Simmons and Cassandra Brown, both of Pensacola and Emma Newton of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Henry Hollinger of Panama City, Fla. and Thomas Brown of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held Sun., April 17, 2016, from Jones Street True Pentecostal Holiness Church with Bishop Willie L. Williams, pastor, serving as officiate. Retirement of her remains was held in Oak Hill Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.

Sara Gene Turk Woods

Sara Gene Turk Woods, 73, of Atmore, passed away on Fri., April 15, 2016, in Atmore.

She worked in the medical field for many years and was currently employed with Atmore Community Hospital in medical records with over 27 years of service. She was born on Nov. 29, 1942, in Bay Minette, to the late Marshall Lyle and Verna Louise Duck Turk. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by a grandson, Patrick Ryan Burkette.

Survivors are one son, Rob (Sabrina) Woods of Vernon, Fla.; two daughters, Susanne (John) Sirmon and Blair (Mark) Burkette all of Atmore; one brother, Bob (Carolyn) Turk and Barbara Turk, all of Atmore; grandchildren, Daniel, Shaun, Justin, Wesley, Erin, Marshall, Houston, Saylor and Eldon; five great-grandchildren; nieces, Brandy Turk Fehr and Courteny Turk.

Services were held Mon., April 18, 2016, from the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Debora Bishop officiating. Interment followed in Mothershed Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Shaun Sirmon, Wesley Sirmon, Justin Emmons, Marshall Burkette, Greg Duck and Chris Fehr. Honorary pallbearers were the women of Atmore Community Hospital medical records.

Family received friends Sunday evening April 17, 2016, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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

Sharon Johnson Stansbury-Sanborn

Sharon Johnson Stansbury-Sanborn, 70, left this earthly world on April 9, 2016, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital with her daughters at her side.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, James T Sanborn; and her parents, Julia and Hughlen Johnson.

Sharon was born on June 13, 1945, in Atmore, where she resided her entire life. She is survived by her daughters, DeeDee McGhee Ward of Alabaster, Kylisha Jones Mallard of Sharpsburg, Ga. and Judy Huckabee Downing of Longview, Texas; grandsons, Alexander Ward and Hayden Mallard; granddaughters, Cristiana Ward and Hanna Mallard; sons in law, Jeffrey Ward and Larry Downing; two sisters, Patricia Dell Chastain and Nona Kay Johnson; brother, Julian Johnson; step-daughters, Nora Tate of Burlison, Tenn. and Beverly Foster of Northport; step-son, Tracey Sanborn of Pensacola, Fla.; and step-grandchildren, Jordan and Marisol Foster, Rachel Worthing, Beth Gallagher, Jerry Wayne Philyaw, Keith Tate, Patrick Ward and Zoey Mallard.

Sharon retired in 2007 from the department of corrections following a 30-year career with the state of Alabama. In her retirement, she volunteered with the poll workers for Escambia County elections, was an active member of the Atmore Widow Persons Services and a previous member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, art, travel, regular exercise and an active social life with many friends. She found the most joy in dancing and being a very involved grandparent. Some of her most recent adventures with her grandchildren were parasailing and taking them to Six Flags.

Following her husband’s example, she pre-arranged an anatomical donation to the University of South Alabama School of Medicine. In doing so, she hoped to further medical science, research and education.

The family would like to thank all family and friends for their prayers, visits and cards during Sharon’s extended hospital stay. Your prayers and support were felt by Sharon and her daughters.

A memorial event will be held at Brooks Memorial Baptist Church of Atmore this Sat., April 23, from 2-4 p.m. As a celebration of her life, her family asks that you come with stories and pictures to share. Contributions towards the celebration flowers may be made through Godwin’s Florist, 251-368-9073.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her honor to the American Cancer Society or the UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit, 205-975-5661, where she spent her final earthly days in comfort.