Obituaries for Wed., Jan. 11, 2017

Published 5:21 pm Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Alvin E. Owens

Mr. Alvin E. Owens, 84, passed away on Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, in Fairhope.

He was a native of Panama City, Fla. and has resided in Atmore for the past 71 years. He was a 50-year master mason with the Carney Lodge No. 549 and a member of the Bethel Methodist Church. He held various leadership offices at Bethel, was a certified lay speaker, retired from Sears with 27 years of service as an appliance technician, instructor at Sears in Atlanta and a self employee doing appliance service at Alvin Owens Appliance.

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He is preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Leona Owens; an infant sister, Mary Ann Owens; and a brother, Robert Bob Owens.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nell Owens of Atmore; and numerous cherished nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 9, 2017 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Gus Jones and the Rev. Philp Chance officiating.

Burial followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held Jan. 9 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Greg Turberville, Wesley Davis, Todd Vickery, Kevin Vickery, Doug Vickery, Robert Owens and Ben Owens.

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


Burton C. Beck Sr.

Burton C. Beck Sr., Ed.D., passed away peacefully in his home on Dec. 12, 2016.

Son of the late Rankin E. Beck and Myrtle Coleman Beck, Dr. Beck was born on Oct.19, 1940, in Bay Springs, Fla.

He graduated from Ernest Ward High School in Walnut Hill, Fla. He earned degrees from Troy University, Auburn University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Beck valued his role as an educator and the position to help improve their quality of life through access to higher education. Following his retirement from Faulkner State Community College, he enjoyed his second career as a realtor with Century 21 Meyer Real Estate in Gulf Shores. He simply enjoyed helping people.

Beloved husband of Terrie Frederic Beck, his wife of 46 years, he is father to Robin B. Meredith and Burton C. Beck Jr., Ph.D.; grandfather to, Joseph S. Meredith (Cidney); and great-grandfather to Elijah James Meredith and Claire Millay Meredith.

He is also survived by his sister, Nila Kimmons; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Stephen E. Beck, Ellis G. Beck and O. Gene Beck; and a sister, Nina Weeks.

He was a generous, loving family man and friend. To continue his legacy of contributing to humanity, his family donated his body to medical science. The family will honor him with a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a college or charity of your choice.


Evelyn McKinley Pipkin

Mrs. Evelyn McKinley Pipkin, 80, passed away on Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, in Nokomis.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Nokomis. She was a member of the Good Sams Club, Mobile Road Runners and the First Assembly of God of Atmore.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gay and Grace Flowers; first husband, Carin McKinley; two brothers, Winston Flowers and Clayton Flowers; and two sisters, Joyce Nall and Betty Norris.

She is survived by her husband, James E. Pipkin of Nokomis; two sons, Greg (Patty) McKinley of Lottie and Randy (Debbie) McKinley of Nokomis; one daughter, Diane (Ray) Lassitter of Nokomis; one step-son, James E. (Gwen) Pipkin Jr. of Saraland; two step-daughters, Becky (Hodge) Walker of Bay Minette and Catherine (Danny) Jordan of Houma, La.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, from the First Assembly of God Church of Atmore with the Rev. Don Davis serving as officiate.

Burial followed at the Mothershed Cemetery.

Visitation was held Jan. 7 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Shane Lassitter, Seth Lassitter, Auden Lassitter, Hunter McKinley, Ely Godwin and Justin McKinley.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Wilson, Danny Wilson and Norman Wilson.

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


James Donald “J.D.” Hanks

Mr. James Donald “J.D.” Hanks, 87, passed away on Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, in Atmore.

He was a native of Bratt, Fla., former resident of Molino, Fla. (35 years) and has resided in Atmore since 1996. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, was in the U.S. Air Force, worked in the oil field, collected antique bottles, loved to cook and raised Donna. He attended the Hall’s Fork Assembly of God Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Lettie Caraway Hanks of Atmore; one daughter, Donna Hanks (Tracey) Hall of Atmore; one sister, Marnell Weekley of Pace, Fla.; two grandchildren, Donna Elizabeth (Jamie) King of Atmore and James Ryan “J.R.” (Virginia) Hall of Gordo; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Windell Hadley serving as officiate.

Burial will follow at the Bay Springs Cemetery.

Visitation was held Jan. 6 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ronald Hanks, Billy Hanks, Steve Wilson, Luman Wilson, Ricky Beasley and Roy Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers were Brannon Baggett, Kelly Gunn, Fred LaFave, Barry Long, Aubrey Paul and Dallas Sessions.

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


Mazie Ann Lambert

Mazie Ann Lambert, 68, of Perdido, passed away on Thurs., Dec. 22, 2016, in

Bay Minette.

She was a homemaker born in Bay Minette on July 5, 1948, to the late James and Wilma Lambert.

Survivors are special friends, Judy (Robbie) Colbert of Perdido and the church

family at Perdido Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held Dec. 27, 2016, from the Bryars-McGill Cemetery in Perdido.

Active pallbearers were the men of the church.

Family received friends Dec. 27, 2016 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Monty Daniel Bell

Monty Daniel Bell, 58, of Atmore, passed away on Mon., Dec. 26, 2016 in Pensacola, Fla.

He was an owner of Monty Windshield Repair and Locksmith, and also worked offshore as a crane operator. He was born in Flomaton to Fern and Eleanor Daniel Bell Jr.

He is preceded in death by his father, Fern Bell Jr.

Survivors are his wife, Tabitha Kovash Bell of Atmore; his mother, Eleanor Bell of

Robertsdale; four sons, Joshawa (Sara) Bell of S.C., Justin Bell, Nathan Bell and

Remington Bell, all of Atmore; brother, Jeff (Tammy) Bell of Enterprise; twin

Brother, Mark Bell of Atmore; one sister, Sharron (Don) Bullard of Atmore; two grandchildren, Charlie Bell and Rhett Bell; nieces and nephews, Corey Loop, Katie Beth Bell and Jeff Edward Bell Jr.; and a host of family and friends.

Services were held Jan. 3 from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Davis serving as officiate. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Family received friends Jan. 2 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Opal J. Caraway

Opal J. Caraway, 74, of Atmore, passed away on Thurs., Jan. 5, 2017, in Atmore.

She was a school bus driver for Escambia County (Ala.) School System with 24 years of service. She was born on Dec. 5, 1942 in Atmore to the late Louie Frank and Minnie

Irene Rutherford Simmons. She was a member of Atmore First Assembly of God.

Survivors are her husband, Hollis “Bob” Caraway of Atmore; two sons, Hollis Wayne

(Rachael) Caraway of Uriah and Ryan O’Neal (Carrie) Caraway of Atmore; two daughters, Alicia (Richard) Hetrick and Regena (Chris) Black, all of Atmore; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held Jan. 9, 2017 from Atmore First Assembly of God with Bro. Don Davis serving as officiate. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Ryan Caraway, Jeb Black, Matthew Dempsey, Nicholas Caraway, Justin Hetrick and Brandon Hetrick.

Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Webb, Eddie McKinley, Edgar Norris, Marlin Iutzi and Danny Guy.

Family received friends Jan. 9 at Atmore First Assembly of God.

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


Wanda Faye Enzor Fountain

Mrs. Wanda Faye Enzor Fountain, 66, of Frisco City, passed away on Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, at her home.

She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She was an active member of the Frisco City Holiness Church. She was a beautician. After retiring from her shop, she worked with the school board as a substitute teacher for several years. She was a licensed pastor with the Assembly of God Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Leon Enzor and Etta Mae Sigler Enzor Griffin; and her sisters, Ole Lee Snow and Elizabeth Johnston.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth M. Fountain of Frisco City; her son, Jason Mallory Fountain and wife, Amy of Frisco City; three brothers, Leon Enzor and wife, Sharon of Blue Mountain, Miss., Wesley Edward “Buddy” Enzor and wife, Judy of Frisco City and Levon Enzor and wife, Donna of Frisco City; two sisters, Lorene Chaudron and husband, Garland of Brewton and Florence Lambert and husband, Bruce of Cottondale; and one grandson, William Robert “Will” Fountain.
Funeral services were held Jan. 5, 2017 from Monroe Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy House, the Rev. Al Loper, the Rev. Drew Minchew, the Rev. Jimmy Butts and the Rev. Danny Ray Taylor. Burial followed in Monroe Chapel Cemetery. Visitation was held Jan. 4 at the funeral home.
Please share your condolences online by signing Mrs. Fountain’s guest book at

Obie Lavanda Brackett Jr.

Brother Obie Lavanda Brackett Jr. was born Jan. 17, 1969, in Mobile. He departed this life on Dec. 31, 2016.

He was united at an early age with the Nazaree Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Joseph Blair. He was a graduate of Murphy High School.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arletha Winfield and Obie Brackett Sr.; brother, Gregory Brackett; and nephew, Tranealius Brackett.

He leaves to cherish his memories four sons, Omar, John, Obie Jr. and O’Neal of Mobile; three daughters, Janetta, Shae’Ethel and Ashia of Mobile; one devoted brother, Terry Brackett of Mobile; one devoted sister, Linda (Soloman) Smallwood of Mobile; two devoted friends, Gloria Stewart and Michelle Jackson, both of Mobile; two devoted nephews, Cornealius (Allison) Brackett and LaTerrance (Kim) Brackett, both of Mobile; three aunts, Ora Ransom of Yellow Bluff, Zeola Marshall and Lillie Bell of Mobile; one uncle, Belton Brackett of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held today, Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. from Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Mobile with the Rev. Thomas Dixon Jr. officiating.

Mayberry Funeral Home directing services.

Melvin Dortch

Mr. Melvin Dortch, 60, of Atmore, died on Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Funeral service for Mr. Melvin Dortch will be this Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Gaines Chapel AME Church, 122 Carver Ave., Atmore, with the Rev. Amos Smith, pastor, as officiate. Inhumation will be in Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Rosemary Rogers-Grass

Rosemary Rogers-Grass, 58, of Silver Hill, passed away on Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, in Foley.

She was born on Feb. 10, 1958, in Atmore, to the late Hugo and Katherine Rogers of Perdido. She was a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in communication. She had been self-employed operating a house cleaning service for a number of years.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Grass of Silver Hill; one daughter, Peggy Grass (John Higgins) of Silver Hill; and one  granddaughter, Elizabeth (Lizzy) of Silver Hill. She is survived by one sister, Barbara (Larry) McCoy of Nokomis; three brothers Hugo (Crystal) Rogers of Waverly, Tolbert (Deborah) Rogers of Nokomis and Norman (Shelia) Rogers of Atmore; and three nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wolfe Funeral Home in Fairhope.