Obituaries for Wed., Nov. 2, 2016

Published 6:16 pm Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Catherine McGhee Dees

Catherine McGhee Dees, 79, of Molino/Pensacola, Fla., went home Oct. 23, 2016, to be with Her Lord and loved ones that have gone before, and to wait for her loved ones still earthly bound to join them.

She was born in Huxford on July 10, 1937, to the late Garland and Gladys Lucille Hayes McGhee Sr. She graduated from Escambia county High School in 1955 and from Alverson Draughon Business College in 1957, and started her work life at Chemstrand/Monsanto, where she worked for 33 Years. Rather than retire from working, she went back to school and took a course in medical transcription and started another work life at the Medical Center Clinic, where she met Shella and made many friends there.

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She is preceded in death by her husband, Steven E. Dees Sr.; and her brother, Garland “Plugy” McGhee Jr.

She is survived by a niece, Catherine Nicole Harris; her great nephews, Jacob Boatner and Daniel Boatner. She leaves behind many friends, including two very special friends who have

shared the latter part of her life, Ron Schmitt and Shella Britt; her “Dinner Club” friends; her

goddaughter, Regina Catherine Ernsbarger, Becky Lowe and Sherry Lowe; and of course their parents, Carol and Jim Lowe.

Services were held Oct. 29, 2016, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Heard serving as officiate. Interment followed in Serenity Gardens.

Family received friends on Oct. 29 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Junior Humane society, 901 Williams Ditch Road,

Cantonment, Fla., 32533, will be greatly appreciated.

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


Charles Evon Johnson

Mr. Charles Evon Johnson, 79, passed away on Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, in Flomaton.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Flomaton. He was a deacon, was a member of the Alabama Forestry Association and the Poplar Dell Baptist Church. He owned Timber Transport, Evon’s Trucking and Southern Truck Repair.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Johnson; parents, Earl and Era Mae Johnson; and two infant siblings, a boy and girl.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda M. Johnson of Flomaton; five daughters, Barbara (David) Adams of Flomaton, Debra (Charlie) Yoder of Brewton, Krystal Bomba of Bay Minette, Charlene “Charlie” Johnson of Flomaton and Brittanie Grace Johnson of Flomaton; one step-son, Jerry Wayne Carnley Jr. of Flomaton; one step-daughter, Karen Stacey of Flomaton; two brothers, Glen (Dolores) Johnson of

Flomaton and Douglas (Jacque) Johnson of Pineview; one sister, Delores (Judson) Carden of Flomaton; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Oct.29, 2016, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Mitch Herring and the Rev. Ricky Tedder officiating.

Burial followed at the Poplar Dell Cemetery.

Visitation was held Oct. 28 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Willie Johnson, Judson Carden, Jr., Alex Gibbs, Ethan Bomba, Trevor Bomba and Phillip Gibbs.

Honorary pallbearers were Carl Gandy, Douglas Johnson, Judson Carden and Glen Johnson.

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


Clayton Lawton Flowers

Clayton Lawton Flowers, 75, of Nokomis, passed away Fri., Oct. 28, 2016 in Mobile.

He was a heavy equipment operator, born in Atmore on Feb. 7, 1941, to the late Gay and Grace White Flowers. He attended Presley Street church of Christ, was a flight instructor, barber and farmer.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Jane Flowers; siblings, Winston Flowers, Joyce Flowers Nall and Betty Flowers Norris.

Survivors are his wife, Janice Flowers; one son, Scotty (Karen) Flowers, all of Nokomis; two daughters, Cyndi Flowers McGhee of Spanish Fort and Amanda Flowers (Tripp) Dawson

of Nokomis; one sister, Evelyn Flowers (Jim) Pipkin of Nokomis; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be today, Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Davis and Bro. John Coleman officiating. Interment will follow in Godwin Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers are, Adam McGhee, Cameron McGhee, Nicholas Flowers, Bradley Flowers, Josh Turner, and Brian Huskey. Honorary pallbearers are, Wayne White, Ronnie Barnhill, Don Flowers, Randy McKinley, Chuck Flowers and Jimmy Flowers

Family received friends Nov. 1 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Eliza Louise “Tit Tit” Smith French

Ms. Eliza Louise “Tit Tit” Smith French, 67, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Atmore and Tensaw, accepted the Master’s Call on Tues., Oct. 25, 2016, at Memorial Hospital of Gardena in Gardena, Calif.

A native of Tensaw and born to parentage of the late Mr. and Mrs. William and Annie Smith, Eliza attended school in Baldwin County. She lived many years in Los Angeles, then lived briefly in Atmore, before returning back to California.

Those left to cherish her life, love and legacy, are two daughters, Demetre French of Atmore and Elizabeth Fahara Kalman of California; four sons, Michael French of Atmore, James Smith and Melvin Randall of Las Vegas, N.V. and Fernance Kalman of Texas; six sisters, Lula Evans and Dorothy Smith of Pensacola, Fla., Annie Mae (Jessie) Lawson, Mary Smith and Catherine (Randall) Benjamin, all of Atmore, and Lorraine (Sammie) Walker and Christina (Sekou) Jones of California; three sons, William Smith and Curtis Smith of New Jersey and Alfred Smith of Georgia; three half-sisters, Essie (Willie) Johnson and Linda (Adam) French of Atmore and Joyce Stallworth of Eight Mile; one half-brother, William (Michelle) Smith of Ohio; a host of grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be this Sat., Nov. 4, 2016, at 1 p.m. from Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center in Atmore with Overseer Darryl North, pastor, officiating. Inhumation will be in Fairview Cemetery. Public viewing will be this Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Her body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the funeral service with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Helena Evelyn Bowen

Infant Helena Evelyn Bowen was born on Oct. 21, 2016, and passed away on Oct. 22, 2016 in Birmingham.

Survivors include her father, Jason Bowen of McDavid, Fla.; mother, Jennifer Smith of McDavid; one brother, Westley Smith of McDavid; one sister, Madison Bowen of Tallassee; grandparents, Darlene Buckhault of Atmore, David Dunn of Atmore, Gary Buckhault of Pleasant Grove and Mary and Edward Bowen of Tallassee; and great-grandparents, Florine Wiggins of Bratt, Fla., Lois Bowen of Tallassee and Nolan and Carol Matthews of Tallassee.

Funeral services were held Sat., Oct. 29, 2016, from the Bratt Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Travis Bittle and the Rev. Rick MaHarrey officiating.

Burial followed at Godwin Cemetery.

Visitation was held Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, at the Bratt Assembly of God Church.

Pallbearers were B.J. Long, Jared Long, Justin Long and David Torrence III.

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


Linda Diann Byrd

Mrs. Linda Diann Byrd, 65, passed away on Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, in Foley.

She was a native of Charleston, W.V., a former resident of McDavid and Cantonment, Fla. and has resided in Foley for the past five years. She volunteered at church for the food service, she loved to sing gospel music for the past 30 years and she was a member of the New Life in Christ Church of Foley.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Myles William Byrd.

She is survived by her husband, Darryl Bruce Prince of Foley; two daughters, Donna Kay (Thomas) Carroll of Pollard and Dianna Kay (Michael) Wolfe of Brewton; two brothers, Bobby Rice of Fresno, Calif. and Donnie Rice of Anniston; two sisters, Judy of Ohio and Peggy Davenport of Prattville; four grandchildren, Wendy (Jason) Covan, Tracy (Chris) McCurdy, Hunter Godwin and Dusty Carnley; and two great-grandchildren, Ryan Covan and Cheyanna Covan.

Graveside services were held Oct. 21, 2016, at the Beulah Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. John Lloyd officiating.

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


Linda Darnell Martin

Linda Darnell Martin, 53, was born on Sept. 21, 1963, in Bay Minette to the late Leveale and Emma Jeam Martin. On Oct. 20, 2016, God sent his angels to bring her home.

She leaves behind five loved children, Cornelious (Jackie) Martin of North Carolina, Keith Lawrence of Pittsburgh, and Shaquee Lawrence, Yoshino Lawrence and Kyree McCall, all of Bay Minette; nine grandchildren; four godchildren, Darren James, Marquez Pogue, Jordan Gilberry and Makreshia James; nine sisters; three brothers; one devoted sister, Ulander Martin; godsister, Gloria James; three aunts; five uncles; a host of nieces and nephews; cousins; and other relatives and devoted friends, Angela James, Desiree James, Frances Gulley, Brenda French, Edith Thomas, Linda Patts and James Means.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, from Union Baptist Church on Carroll Ave., in Bay Minette. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held in Mutual Aid Cemetery in Bay Minette with Mayberry Funeral Home directing.

Nell Sue Wachob Webb

Mrs. Nell Sue Wachob Webb, 89, passed away at her residence on Wed., Oct. 26, 2016.

A native of Atmore, she was the wife of the late Dr. Hal Webb, and the daughter of Jesse Leander Wachob and Hattie Sue Dungan Wachob, both deceased. She was a homemaker and a member of Providence Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, N.C.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Webb Benge and husband David of Mebane; two sons, David Webb and wife, Melanie of Homer, Alaska, and Barry Webb and wife Cheryl of Rawlings, Md.; six grandchildren, Lauren Cole, Jordan Benge, Tiffany Donnelly, Lauralee Young, Bethany Herwalt and Rachel Smith; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at Oakhill Cemetery in Atmore on Oct. 31, 2016.

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


Norris McNeil Sr.

Norris McNeil Sr. departed this life on Wed., Oct. 20, 2016.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Collie and Essie Marshall; and nine siblings.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Zeola Brackett Marshall; four devoted children, La’Kesha (Melvin) Autry Sr., Kenyada (Emmett) Jackson, Norris II, (Nisha) Marshall and La’Bria Marshall; grandchildren, Melvin Jr. (Diamond) Malcolm, Jaiston, Branton, Mia, Morgan, Norris III, Mina and Mace; great-grandchildren, Malcolm Jr. and Denver; two brothers, Edward and Murry Marshall; one brother in law, Belton Brackett; devoted nieces, Tina Sanders and Mattie Lewis; godchildren, Clyde Maye III, Lonnie Irby, Michael Lee, Douglas Portis, Debra Rivers, Belva McNeal, Darcey Jordan, Creshonda Washam, Sharon, Varion, Vanessa, Marlene and Kimberly White; four devoted friends, William Kelly, Johnnie (Dot) Williams, Patrick (Harriet) Ely, Clifton (Lisa) Lambert and Gertrude Johnson; devoted nurse, Pat Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers and flower bearers were family and friends.

Funeral services were held Oct. 26, 2016, from Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Clyde Maye Jr. serving as officiate.

Mayberry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.