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Obituaries for Wed., Sept. 7, 2016

Arentha H. McGhee

Arentha H. McGhee, 95, of Atmore, passed away on Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, at her residence.

She was a homemaker, born in Elsnor on May 30, 1921, to the late George W. and Clara

Boyington Hinote. She was a charter member of Poarch Community Church, and was of the

Mennonite faith.

She is preceded in death by her spouse, Willis M. McGhee Sr.; brothers, Ervin Mitchell,

Clarence Mitchell and Floyd Hinote; sisters, Viola Greek, Carrie Reandeau, Elsie Malone and

Nell Mitchell; and two step-children, Lavan Martin and Ima Jean Sheets.

Survivors are four sons, Willis M. (Tracy) McGhee, Jr. Terry Michael (Yvonne) McGhee,

Danny W. McGhee, all of Poarch, and George D. (Sharon) McGhee of Atmore; one step-son, Douglas Martin of Zion, Ill.; two daughters, Mary Jane (Eddie) Tullis of Poarch and

Nancy M. (Eddie) Lowrey of Atmore; one step-daughter, Jeanette (Kell) Beck of

McCullough; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren.

Services were held Sept. 5, 2016, from the Poarch Community Church with Bro. David Z. Weaver Jr. and Bro. Martin Gehman officiating. Interment followed in Judson Indian Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Malcom Troy McGhee Sr., Chase Wayne McGhee, David Michael McGhee, Andrew Tyler McGhee, Robert Lowrey and Keith Martin.

Family received friends Sept. 4 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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

Bash Ard Franklin

Mrs. Bash Ard Franklin, 96, passed away on Tues., Aug. 30, 2016, in Pensacola, Fla.

She was a native and lifelong resident of McDavid, Fla. She was of the Protestant faith.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jodie Franklin.

She is survived by her nephew, James D. Watford of Crestview, Fla.; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Sept. 1, 2016, from Ray’s Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Nathan Brown serving as officiate.

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

Ervin Edward Simmons Jr.

Mr. Ervin Edward Simmons Jr., 59, passed away on Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, in Pensacola, Fla.

He was a native of Pensacola, Fla., and a resident of Century, Fla. for most of his life. He was an employee of Intercontinental Terminal (ITC) with 30 years of service and the Higmon Barge Line.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ervin Edward Simmons Sr.; mother, Mary Smith Simmons; one brother, Robert Lee Simmons; one sister, Ervina Simmons; and great uncle, Hillary Kane Simmons.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy Simmons of Century; one son, James Wesley (Jennifer) Simmons of Jay, Fla.; two daughters, Mary Jessica Simmons of Century and Valerie Horn of Pasadena, Texas; two brothers, Donald Wayne Simmons of Pasadena and Michael Whitworth of Pasadena; one sister, Connie (Larry Gilbert) Whitworth of Pasadena; three grandchildren, Summer Simmons, Zackary Simmons and Mikayla Simmons; one great-grandchild, Drake Baker; and a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, from the Cornerstone Christian Church with the Rev. Fredric Barrow serving as officiate.

Burial followed at the Flomaton Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sept. 4 at the Cornerstone Christian Church.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Simmons, Daniel Simmons, Chuck Aldridge, Larry Gilbert, Frankie Simmons and Jordan Presley.

Honorary pallbearer was Drake Baker.

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

Marjorie B. Lalak

Marjorie B. Lalak, 93, of Atmore, passed away on Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, in Atmore.

She was a homemaker, born in Daphne on April 3, 1923, to the late Daisy and Adele Evers Brantley. She was a member of St. Roberts Bellarmine Catholic Church for 68 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph S. Lalak Sr.; one sister, Katherine Rodgers; and three brothers, Leon Brantley, Tolbert Brantley and Howard Brantley.

Survivors are three sons, Joseph S. (Betty) Lalak Jr. of McCullough, Michael (Angie)

Lalak of McCaysville, Ga. and Steven (Keena) Lalak of Vicksburg, Miss.; three daughters,

Cecilia (Jim) Lee of Atmore, Maria (Larry) Sims of Pensacola, Fla., Cathy Smith of Mobile; one sister, Ruth Lowell of Monroeville; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 6, 2016, from the St. Roberts Bellarmine Catholic Church with Father Arulppan Jayaraj and Father Gordon Milstid serving as officiates.

Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

Ora Mae Bryars White

Ora Mae Bryars White, 81, of Perdido, passed away Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, in Mobile.

She was retired from Vanity Fair Mills, born in Perdido on Nov. 2, 1934, to the late Orie W. and Lilly Modelle Long Bryars.

She was a member of the Perdido Church of God, and also a member of the Ladies Auxilary of The Purple Heart.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Everette C. White; and brothers, O.W. Bryars, Gene

Autrey Bryars and Wiley Bryars.

Survivors are one son, Steve (Rita) White of Perdido; two daughters, Katherine Williamson of Semmes and Judy (Eddy) Osborn of Perdido; two brothers, Glenn Bryars and Benjamin (Dee) Bryars; five sisters, Shelby (Joel) Brown, Peggy (Robert) White, Glenda (Larry) Gilliam, Shelia (Robert) Michaels and Deborah (Randolph) Conway; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Brooks serving as officiate. Interment followed in Bryars-McGill Cemetery.

Family received friends Sept. 5 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Winston “Buddy” Leatherwood

Mr. Winston “Buddy” Leatherwood, 81, passed away on Thurs., Sept. 1, 2016, in Lottie.

He was a native of Huxford and a resident of Atmore since 1969. He was a retired employee with the Alabama Department of Transportation with 33 years of service. He was a devoted father and grandfather and he was a member of the Lottie Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Alicia Leatherwood; parents; and four brothers.

He is survived by one son, Mitchell Clark Leatherwood of Lottie; one daughter, Anissa Kay Leatherwood (Bobby) Ledkins of Lottie; one sister, Betty Joyce Lee of Frisco City; and two grandsons, Harrison Myles Ledkins and Brent Alexander Ledkins.

Funeral services were held Sept. 4, 2016, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Pruitt and the Rev. Henry Wilson serving as officiates.

Burial followed at Serenity Garden Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sept. 3, 2016, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Rex McKinley, Lee Shaughnessy, Travis Pruitt, John Lambeth, Lynn Leatherwood and Carey Hughes.

Honorary pallbearers were Randy Dorriety, Hilton Hall, Nip Hadley, Robert Hughes and David Whittington.

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