Obituaries for Wed., April 12, 2017

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Diana Sandra Wiggins-Finley

Mrs. Diana Sandra Wiggins-Finley, 51, of Atmore, entered peaceful rest on Sun., April 2, 2017, at Mobile Infirmary.

A native of Atmore, Diana was born Aug. 3, 1965, to Lillie Ruth Wiggins and the late Manford Wiggins. She was a 1983 graduate of Escambia County High School. She had worked for seven years at Southern Aluminum and at FlowerWood Nursery in Loxley for 11 years, and was a seasonal worker for Allied Peanut Co.

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She was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atmore, where she was a member of the choir and kitchen committee.

In addition to her father, Diana was preceded in death by her grandparents, Carrie Mae Rivers, Moses Rivers, Aeourilus Wiggins and Annie Ree Wiggins; her aunts, Mary Hall and Iola Tucker; and uncles Edward Jr., David and Willie James Wiggins.

Those left to cherish her life and love are her husband, Patrick Finley; three sons, Ray Charles (Tyesha) Wiggins, Tarvarsa M. Wiggins and Sanathan U. Wiggins, all of Atmore; 15 grandchildren; her mother, Lillie Ruth Wiggins of Atmore; four sisters, Margaret (Thaddius) Pace, Carrie (Thomas) Spencer, Juanita Williams and Gwendolyn Boston, all of Atmore; four brothers, Michael Wiggins of Columbus, Ga., Steve (Patricia) Wiggins and Kevin Wiggins, both of Atmore, and Joey Wiggins of Walnut Hill, Fla.; and a host of  nieces, nephews, cousins and in laws.

Funeral services were held April 8, 2017, from Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Baptist Church on Highway 21 in Atmore with the Rev. Freddie D. Banks, pastor, officiating. Inhumation was in Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Donald F. Sprague

Funeral service for Mr. Donald F. Sprague, 87, of Atmore, will be announced by Turner Funeral Chapel LLC.

Mr. Sprague exchanged his earthly home for his heavenly mansion on Sun., April 9, 2017, at Atmore Community Hospital.


Helen J. Askew

Funeral service for Mrs. Helen J. Askew, 81, of Atmore, will be announced by Turner Funeral Chapel LLC.

Mrs. Askew answered the master’s call on Sun., April 9, 2017, at Atmore Community Hospital.


Jack Colbert

Jack Colbert, 87, former Alabama resident, entered into his eternal rest at his home in Ocklawaha, Fla., on April 2, 2017.

He was born on June 20, 1929, in Huxford to Leroy and Stella Colbert. He married his wife, Helen Ward, on Dec. 18, 1947 in Andalusia. Coming from a family with meager upbringing prepared him for the solider he would become. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, which became the U.S. Air Force shortly thereafter. He served in three wars. Most of his military career he served as a flight engineer on C124 bombers. After retiring from the United States Air Force, he moved and retired from a second career from the city of Orlando, Fla., in 1990. He spent 22 years serving his country and he flew all over the world.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Stella; daughters, Linda Diane and Jackie Elizabeth Colbert; and brother, Eugene Colbert.

He is survived by his wife, Helen of 69 years; children, Elaine (Terry) Hoffman of Waco, Texas, Sheila (Tommy) Berthelot of LaPlace, La., Danny (Mary) Colbert of Ocklawaha, Fla., Patricia Colbert of Ocala, Fla. and Jack D (Noreen) Colbert of Orlando; sister, Letty Jane Stalvey of Orlando; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held April 11, 2017, from the Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Visitation was held at the church.

His final resting place was held in Poplar Springs in the Poplar Springs Cemetery, next to his mother in the family plot with full military honors.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


William Thomas “Skip” McGee Jr.

Mr. William Thomas (Skip) McGee Jr., 73, passed away Tues., April 4, 2017, in Atmore.

He was a former resident of Poarch and has resided in Little Rock for the past three years. He attended Robinsonville Baptist Church. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Poarch Band of Creek Indians and the Emergency Corp.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Thelma McGee; and all of his siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 51 and a half years, Sue McGee of Little Rock; one son, William McGee (Alyssia) of Little Rock; and two grandchildren, Shawnee McGee and Cheyanne McGee.

Funeral services were held April 10, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Jones officiating.

Burial followed at the Judson Creek Indian Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers were Chris Blackburn, Jerry Blackburn, Marlon Gunn, James Green, Paul Bell and Douglas Kelly.

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