Obituaries for Wed., Sept. 14, 2016

Published 7:07 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Aretha Stewart Dailey

Aretha Stewart Dailey was born Sept. 27, 1949, to Timothy and Inez McRae Stewart. She was the fifth child of two boys and three girls. She was baptized and grew up a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Pembroke, Ga.

After moving to Atmore, she joined Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church, where she remained until present.

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After graduating from Pembroke High School, she enrolled and graduated from Clinton Vocational Technical School in Clinton, Iowa. She became employed by Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Co. of Boston, Mass.

On Dec. 16, 1972, she married Harold Dailey, and to this union was born, Tracy Patrina. After Tracy’s birth, Harold’s aunt Mary founded Rea’s Daycare Center, named in Aretha’s honor because she wanted her to manage it. By a twist of fate, she substituted at an elementary school, and decided to become an elementary school teacher. She enrolled and graduated from Faulkner State Junior College with an associate’s degree. She enrolled at the University of South Alabama and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She was employed by the Escambia County Board of Education for 37 years and five months, retiring in 2012.

Aretha transitioned from this earthly dwelling to an eternal rest on Sat., Sept.10, 2016, at 12:50 a.m.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Timothy Jr.

She leaves to forever cherish her loving memoires and embrace her legacy, a husband, Harold Dailey; daughter, Tracy (Henry) Yeldell; two sisters, Martha (Sam) Frasier of Atlanta, Ga. and Dorothy (Fred) Sharpe of Jersey City, N.J.; brother, John (Patricia) Stewart of Atlanta; three grandchildren, Chelsea, Chloe and Cailyn Yedell; special mother in every way, Mama Channie; close classmates, Mary Smokes Fleming, Eloise M. Perry and Della Mae Ball; Godchildren, Felecia, Josaquina, Ursula, Kali, Kristinana, Ja`Dyn, Raphaella, Chorday, Harriett, Diane “Sue”Simone, Ingrid, Amity Lydia B. and Quanah; an incomplete list of close friends, Doris “everyday” Ridgeway, Barbara B., Barbara M., Carolyn H., Charlene R., Shirley F.L., Doris Mc, Shirley A.M., Ann Mc, Rose H.J., Yolanda L.M., Kim P., Hazel Andrews, Lillie J., Hattie O., Lisa J., Joyce S., Evelyn S., Anna T., Janet T and Leona S.; in laws, Moses (Jeanette) Ted (Hazel), Emiley, Lindell (Sandy), Patricia, Clara, Lloyd (deceased), DeAngelo (Tameka), Judy, Abel, Mable (Rev. Tommie), Alvin (Jackie), Johnny, James (Angela), Shirley (Rod) and Patricia.

The family thanks Dr. Frances D. Salter, Dr. Connie Uzell and their many competent assistants at Southern Cancer Center of Mobile. Final services are entrusted to Christian Memorial Funeral Home.

Viewing will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the family hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Fri., Sept. 16, 2016, and funeral services will be held Sat., Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. from Escambia County High School. Burial will be held in Stallworth Cemetery in Atmore. Pallbearers will be family and friends, and flower bearers will be family and friends.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.


Cody Lee Johns

Cody Lee Johns, 19, born and raised in Canoe, died Mon., Sept. 5, 2016.

He was a 2016 graduate of Flomaton High School. He was a loving son, brother and grandson. He never met a stranger; he was loved by everyone and was known as the friendly giant.

He is preceded in death by his granddaddy, Wayne L. Hadley; great-grandparents, Clark and Essie Lee Davison; great-granddaddy, John W. Johns; great-grandmother, Evelyn Daw; great-grandfather, Marshall Davis; great-grandparents, Lonnie and Virginia Hadley; and friends, Jonathan Wilson and Jason Tolbert.

He is survived by his parents, Eric Lee and Virginia Johns of Canoe; one brother, Zachery Hadley of Canoe; one sister, April (Jason) Macks of Canoe; one niece, Paisley Bethea of Canoe; girlfriend, Hana Franklin of Brewton; grandparents, Chester Lee and Margaret Johns of Canoe, and Sandra Lee Hadley of Hendersonville, N.C.; great grandparent, Cora Lee Martin of Brundidge; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. George Armentor serving as officiate.

Visitation was held Sept. 9, 2016, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Blake Young, Jordan Tolbert, Corey Busbee, Zachary McGhee, Jacob Bailey and Jared Morris.

Honorary pallbearers were Zachery Hadley, Kalanea Fore, Michelle Carnley, Cheyenne Hammond, Christopher Holden, Luke Hadley, Jacob Gibbs, Christopher Martin, Daniel (Tex) Harold, Connor Hadley and friends.

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


Dollie Shipp

Mrs. Dollie Shipp, 85, passed away on Tues., Sept. 6, 2016, in Atmore.

She was a native of Little River, former resident of McCullough and has resided in Atmore for the past 20 years. She was of the Holiness Faith.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James (Bennie) Shipp; two sons, James E. Shipp and Bennie Lee Shipp; three brothers, Junior, Herman, and Rufus Flowers; and one sister, Gladys Ellis.

She is survived by her son, Barney R. (Edna) Shipp of Atmore; one daughter, Carolyn DeVille of Pine Grove; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Daniels officiating.

Burial followed the Sardis Baptist Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sept. 8, 2016, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

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


Ida M. Weaver

Ida M. Weaver, 95, passed away Sept. 9, 2016, at Schowalter Villa, in Hesston, Kan.

She was born Dec. 27, 1920, in East Earl, Pa., the daughter of Sydney and Lydia Martin Weber. She attended the Mennonite Brethren Church, in Hesston, and was a member of Poarch Community Church, in Poarch.

She married David Z. Weaver on Feb. 7, 1942, in Goodville, Pa. They were missionaries to the Creek and Choctaw Indian tribes in Alabama and Mississippi. David passed away on April 17, 1997.

Ida was also preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Darlene) of Hesston, Carl (Sharon) of Hesston, Naomi (Raymond) Ressler of Harrisonburg, Va., David (Sue) of Gulfport, Miss., Lois (Carl Kallansrud) Weaver of New Mexico, Dale (Jannie) of Macon, Miss. and Dan (Kristi) of Hesston; two sisters, Mary Weaver and Irene Rutt, both of New Holland, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fri., Sept. 16, 2016, at Petty Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 17, 2016, at Poarch Community Church with Bro. Martin Gehman officiating. Burial will follow at the Judson Indian Cemetery, in Poarch. Memorials may be made to the Schowalter Villa, Hesston, or the Poarch Community Church in care of Petty Funeral Home, Atmore.


Jane Coreene Tillery Melvin Gulsby

Jane Coreene Tillery Melvin Gulsby, 74, of Seminole, passed away on Sept. 10, 2016, in Pensacola, Fla. to go be with the Lord.

She was born on July 10, 1942, to the late William (Bill) and Enda (Winky) Sirmon Tillery in Garland, Ala.

She worked many years with Vanity Fair Mills in Atmore. She also served two years in the National Guard Armory. She lived in many places, Bratt, Fla., Atmore, Gretna, La., the Netherlands, Europe, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, then resided in Seminole.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James Merel Gulsby; parents; and a sister, Jean Tillery.

She is survived by her six children, Randy (Sherry) Melvin of Stockton, Rodney Melvin of Seminole, Kathy Melvin Fayard of Gulf Shores, Dewayne (Brenda) Gulsby of Franklinton, La., Samuel (Ann) Gulsby of Northport and Darryl Keith (Mary) Gulsby of Franklinton, La.; three brothers and two sisters, David (Judy) Tillery of Atmore, Lamar “Buddy” (Elsia) Tillery of Magnolia Springs, Frederick Tillery of Stockton, Debbie (Van) Woods of Atmore and Pam (Jeff) Rehorn of Fairhope; 10 grandchildren, Latasha Jackson, Jessica Long, Kaylee Fayard, Cody Fayard, Kevin Gulsby, Dakota Gulsby, Michael Gulsby, Crystal Wilbur, Salena Koehn and James Curtis Gulsby; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 13, 2016, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Ricky Skaggs officiating.

Burial followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sept. 12, 2016, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Randy Melvin, Rodney Melvin, Lamar Tillery, David Tillery, Cody Fayard and Robin Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rudolph Gulsby and Fredrick Tillery.

A special thanks to Covenant Hospice of Pensacola, Fla.

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


Kimberly Dykes

Mrs. Kimberly Dykes, 55, born on March 19, 1961, to George W. Ivey Jr. and Bobbie Jean Ivey, passed away on Sept. 8, 2016.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Paul Dykes; daughter, Molly (Matt) Dykes; precious grandaughter, Peyton Dykes; sister, Shannon (Robbie) Foster; loving niece, Malarie Foster; mother in law, Mildred Dykes; sister in law, Jan Foley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceeded in death by her parents, George W. Ivey Jr. and Bobbie Jean Ivey; father in law, Buddy Dykes; brother in law ,Tim Foley; maternal grandparents, Will and Norine Dunsford; and paternal grandparents, George W Ivey Sr. and Leona Ivey.

She was a devoted member of Brownsdale Baptist Church. Kim, as most everyone knew her, lived in Jay, Fla. her whole life. She worked for the Escambia County School Board as a data clerk for many years, before medically retiring. She loved her whole family more than anything and especially enjoyed watching her niece, Malarie, play ball and her granddaughter, Peyton, cheer and dance.

A visitation was held Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, from Brownsdale Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Sun., Sept. 11, at Brownsdale Baptist Church with Brothers Jeff Leake and Bobby Carnley officiating.

Burial followed at the Cora Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Ryan Lowry, Jacob Lowry, Tyler Odom, Jow Nix, Sean Dunsford and Scooter Dunsford.

Honorary pallbearers were Jason Shell, Logan Shell, Chris Chambless, Brandon Chambless, Sam Cleaver, Mike Foley and Nicky Cofield.

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


Larry Eugene Fields

Larry Eugene Fields, 40, was born May 25, 1976. He departed this life on Sept. 3, 2016.

He was a resident of the Vaughn community in Stockton, and attended Baldwin County High School and was a member of the class of 1995.

He confessed Christ and joined the True Holiness Church of the Living God under the leadership of the late Bishop Isaac and Apostle Fannie Hooks. He was noted for his warm smile and friendly greetings.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lorenzo and Exaline Anderson, Beatrice and Freddie Lyons of Stockton, and Pledge Evans of Mobile; and his sister, Jania Williams of Stockton.

He leaves to cherish his memories to a caring and devoted mother and step father, Jacqueline (Ray) Jones; his father and stepmother, Larry (Carolyn) Fields Sr.; two loving daughters, Denise Stanley Fields and A’Monica Elaine Fields; one loving son, Lorenzo LaKeith Fields; four grandchildren, A’Shantia Camille Stanley Fields, Albert Jr., Malaisia Faulkner and Hezekiah Fields; four brothers, Cleon “Nick” Fields, La Darrell Fields, Derrick (Laci) Fields of Stockton, Carlos Byther of Loxley; two sisters, Whitley Fields and Stacie (Woodrow) Johnson, also from Loxley; two devoted nephews, LaDarrius and Jamard Fields of Bay Minette; one loving niece, Octavia Fields; a loving and caring friend, Andrea Maples of Stockton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, from True Holiness Church of the Living God in Tensaw with Apostle Fannie Hooks as pastor and eulogist, and Bishop Bryan Tunstall, presiding. Interment was held in Robinson cemetery in Stockton.

Pallbearers were relatives and friends.

Mayberry Funeral Home of Atmore was in charge of arrangements.


Otis Pearl Jackie James

Otis Pearl Jackie James was born to the late Minnie Kate Womack on July 4, 1944, in Atmore, and died on Sept. 3, 2016.

He was a devoted employee of Masland Carpet for many years. He received his education from Escambia County Training School. He was a faithful member and deacon of the New Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Harold Askew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Edward and Minnie Kate Womack; two sisters, Lena Womack Walker and Minnie Womack Perdue; nephew, Edward White; and two nieces, Genesis Craft and Gewel Craft.

His life will be remembered by his wife, Patricia James; sister, Minnie (Howard) Jones; nieces, Kysha (Patrick) Craft, Stephanie (Donovan) Mosley, Tara Jones, Carjetta (Cary) Flavors and Emily Jones, all of Atmore; nephews, DeAntonio (Amber) Jones of Atmore, Nekos (Jolonda) Jones of Lacy, Wash.; great nieces, Khiazhia Kamaine, Sa’Riyah, Brianna, Zakhia, Aaniyeah, Ayannah, Ariyana and Gabrielle; great-nephews, Autajajadrick, Amaree,  Donovan Jr., Aykel, Zachariah and Shermarion; one aunt, Inez Singleton of Eutaw; special cousins, Pearl James Harvell of Cleveland, Ohio, Kenneth boggan of Atmore, Shirley Turner of San Francisco, Calif., Vivian (Tom) Shanklin of Auero, Ill., Barbar (Ken) Moore of Coco Beach, Fla. Gail Crowell of Cleveland and Cynthia Crowell of New York, N.Y.; mother in law, Mary (Leroy) Graves of Radcliff, Ky.; brother in law, Willie Caraway of Northford, Va.; aunt in law, Sara Williams of Radcliff, Ky.; and a host of special cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Sept. 12, 2016, from New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Atmore with the Rev. Dr. Harold Askew, pastor and eulogist.

Pallbearers were family and friends and flower bearers were family and friends.

Mayberry Funeral Home of Atmore was in charge of arrangements.


James Lloyd Norton

James Lloyd Norton, 78, of Atmore, passed away on Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, in Atmore.

He was in construction as a pipe fitter, born on Aug. 5, 1938, in Lottie to the late Jessie Lloyd and Ethel Luverne Smith Norton. He served in the United States Marine Corps, during the Vietnam War. He was a 32nd mason and a shriner. He was a member of Presley Street Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by a son, Dell Wayne Brown.

Survivors are his wife, Peggy M. Norton of Atmore; two sons, Shane (Sharon)

Norton of Palm Springs, Calif. and Bryant (Jody) Norton of Woodville, Wash.; four daughters, Lucinda (Brad) Johnson of Utah, Pam (David) Hildebrand of Monticello, Ark., Karen (Clifton) Blackburn of Atmore and Terry Kirby of Atmore; one sister, Iris (Don)

Smith of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services will be tomorrow, Thurs., Sept. 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Arnold Hendrix officiating. Interment will follow in McCullough Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mickey Parker, Lonnie Turberville, Clifton Blackburn, Buddy Hall, Thomas Wayne Hall and J.C. Moye.

Family will receive friends tomorrow, Sept.15, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

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