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Obituaries for Wed., May 11, 2016

Otis Delano “Don” Whatley, 66 of McCullough passed away May 7, 2016 in Mobile.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1949, in Crichton to the late Otis Franklin and Carrie Bell Miller Whatley. He retired after 31 years from the city of Atmore. He was superintendent of public works.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Wayne Whatley, Frank Whatley and Larry Whatley.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Johnson Whatley; three sons, Ricky (Stephanie) Cook of Booneville; David Cook of McCullough and Paul (Shellie) Whatley of Cantonment, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Courtney, Blake, Treay, Hunter and Brent.

Funeral services will be held today, Wed., May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cornelius Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Blake Cook, Treay Whatley, Calvin Grace, Larry Caraway, Brian McCreary, James Tolin, Forest Phillips and Joseph Pace.

Visitation will be held today from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jannette Kendrick Sells

Mrs. Jannette Kendrick Sells, 65, passed away on Sat., May 7, 2016, in Atmore.

She was a native of Evergreen and a resident of Atmore for most of her life. She was a loving wife, mother and friend. She loved to fish and loved to be outdoors. She was a member of the Poarch Community Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Lila Kendrick and brother, Robert Lee Kendrick.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Toney Gene Sells of Atmore; one son, Tony Eugene (Catelyn) Sells of Atmore; one daughter, Daphne Sells Hamilton of Atmore; five brothers, John Carlton Kendrick of Bay Minette, Charles Kendrick of Georgiana, Calvin Kendrick of Atmore, Melton Kendrick of Atmore and David Kendrick of Robertsdale; five sisters, Faye Owens of Silverhill, Mary Pizzotti of Fairhope, Ann Nelson of Daphne, Billie Ann Edwards of Atmore and Carol Melvin of Atmore; six grandchildren, Laura Sells, Drake Hamilton, Trennon Hamilton, Christa Hamilton, Raelyn Fretwell and Gracelyn Sells; and two great-grandchildren, Keaton Sells and Brylynn Smedley.

Funeral services were held Tues., May 10, 2016, from the Poarch Community Church with the Rev. Trevor Daughtry, the Rev. Johnny Stabler and the Rev. Johnny Cardwell officiating.

Burial followed at Judson Creek Indian Cemetery.

Visitation was held Mon., May 9, at the Poarch Community Church.

Pallbearers were Ben Andrews, Kevin Andrews, Clinton Philyaw, Charles Gregson, James Phillips and Shawn Rolin.

Honorary pallbearers were Cody Hall, Brian Davidson, Bryan Couch, Jamie Mondaca and Paul Morris.

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

Margaret Gail Fillingim Chavers

Mrs. Margaret Gail Fillingim Chavers, 59, passed away on Wed., May 4, 2016, in Jay, Fla.

She was a native of Bluff Springs, Fla., and a resident of McDavid, Fla. for the past 40 years. She was a very special Nana Gail to many. She was a Sunday school teacher, an employee of Masland Carpets for 27 years, a friend to everyone and an animal lover.

She is preceded in death by husband, “Seabo” Chavers Sr.; father, Thomas F. Fillingim Sr.; brother, Neal and wife, Sonya Fillingim; and one step-son, Van Chavers.

She is survived by her mother, Louise Fillingim Dockers of McDavid; one son, Seaborn Chavers Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Tennessee; one special son, Alvin Paul, of Atmore; two daughters, Belinda and husband, Morris Norman, of Bridge City, Texas, and Forest Chavers Barber and husband, Wayne, of Port Neches, Texas; two brothers, Thomas F. Fillingim Jr. and his wife, Faye, of McDavid, John R. and wife, Patsy Fillingim of Jay; one sister, Susan and husband, Leslie Barnes, of McDavid; and many very special nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Sat., May 7, 2016, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes.

Burial followed at Christian Home Cemetery.

Visitation was held Fri., May 6, 2016 Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes.

Pallbearers were Michael Fillingim, Michael Petersen, Aaron Fillingim, Blake Barns, Billy Ray Criswell and Dustin Rector.

Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Peoples, Don Grant, Joe Lister, Bobby Waller, Reggie Burkett, Robert Newton, Alvin Paul and Gail Dearest friend (Son).

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

Otha Martin

Mr. Otha Martin, 86, passed away on Sun., May 8, 2016, in Poarch.

He was a native and life-long resident of Poarch. He was a member of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church of Poarch and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He was a tugboat captain for 40 years, avid gardener and provided food for many people.

He is preceded in death by a son, Paul, who died as an infant; parents, Archie McGhee and Elsie Martin; one brother, Lavan Martin; and two sisters, Thelma Alice Amos and Helen Price.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie Martin of Poarch; four sons, Lamar (Charlotte) Martin of Pensacola, Nathan (Susan) Martin of Atmore, Nelson Martin of Poarch and Sonny Kirkland of Wallace; one daughter, Pauline (Lamar) Wilson of Atmore; two brothers, Douglas (Shelby) Martin of Zion, Ill. and J.T. Holland of Poarch; two sisters, Jeanette (Ken) Beck of McCullough and Jean Ardis of Lottie; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and caregiver, Mary Poindexter.

Funeral services will be today, Wed., May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Revs. Michael Montgomery, Josh Long and Trevor Daughtry officiating.

Burial will be at the Judson Creek Indian Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Josh Martin, Josh Long, Brad Martin, Brandon Towe, Jonathan Martin, Tristan Montgomery and Jerry Faircloth.

Honorary pallbearers will be Curtis Daily, Bobby Riley, Ken Beck, Don Absond, Randy Martin and Dino Rolin.

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

Roy Wilbon Shivers

Mr. Roy Wilbon Shivers, Sr., 81, passed away on Sun., May 1, 2016, in Flomaton.

Mr. Shivers was a native and life-long resident of Flomaton. He was the founding member and chairman of the deacons of Unity Baptist Church. He was general manager at Sheltex Manufacturing Company and part owner and CEO of Nutex until his retirement. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Geneva Rolin Shivers; parents; six brothers; and one sister.

He is survived by his two sons, Roy (Wendy) Shivers, Jr. of Atmore and Kenny Shivers of Flomaton; two brothers, Joe Shivers Sr. of Flomaton and Harvey Shivers of Newton; five grandchildren, Michael (Sherra) Shivers of Dothan, Brian (Rebekah) Shivers of Canoe, Dakota Madison of Clarksville, Tenn., Wyatt Madison of Clarksville and Nikolas Shivers of Flomaton; and seven great-grandchildren, Bethany Ealum, Rachel Shivers, Lani Shivers, Michael Shivers Jr., Khyleigh Colvin, James Madison and Charliey Madison.

Funeral services were held Thurs., May 5, 2016, at Unity Baptist Church.

Visitation was held May 4, 2016 at Unity Baptist Church.

Voncile B. Lassitter

Voncile B. Lassitter, 94, of McCullough, passed away May 4, 2016, in McCullough.

She was born on Nov. 30, 1921, in McCullough, to the late Levy and Bessie Walker Bryant. She was a member of Huxford Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jon W. Lassitter; siblings, Eulie Bryant, Victoria “T” Cooper and Alma Stewart.

She is survived by one son, William “Benford” (Gail) Lassitter of Wade, Miss.; and one daughter, Joyce Woolley of Newton, Miss.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Fri., May 6, 2016, from the Huxford Baptist Church with Bro. James Boyd serving as officiate. Burial followed in McCullough Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Ricky Wasdin, Gerald Parmer, James Plant, Olen Parmer, Caleb Lassitter and John Woolley.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Booker, William Gorum, Joe Coker, Terrell Mason and Ralph Purnell.

Visitation was held on May 6, 2016 from the Huxford Baptist Church.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.