Obituaries for Wed., April 19, 2017

Published 8:09 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Donald F. Sprague

Mr. Donald F. Sprague, 87, of Atmore, died Sun., April 9, 2017, at Atmore Community Hospital.

He is survived by his caregiver, Theresa McMorris of Atmore.

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There will be no funeral service with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC in charge.


Donnie Elizabeth Woods Kirchharr

Mrs. Donnie Elizabeth Woods Kirchharr, 84, of Uriah, passed away Thurs., April 6, 2017, at her home.

She was a homemaker and a member of Little River Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Poarch Creek Indians.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Mary Dees Murphy, George Murphy, Mary Boatwright Woods and Marion Woods; her parents, Ida Bell Woods and Manford Woods; her husband of 59 years, James Kirchharr; her sons, Wayne Kirchharr and Tony Kirchharr; and her siblings, Luverne Woods Weaver, George Woods, Dot Colbert and Ronald Woods.
Survivors include her sister, Mary Nell Johnson; her granddaughter, Jennifer Kirchharr Williams; and husband, Richard; along with their children, Tony, Rachael, Luke and Bekah; seven additional grandchildren; 13 additional great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held April 8, 2017, from Monroe Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Whittington and Bro. Jim McKinley officiating. Burial followed in Semirah Springs Cemetery.

Visitation was held April 8 from the funeral home.

Helen Jean Askew

Mrs. Helen Jean Askew, 81, of Atmore, answered the Master’s Call on Sun., April 9, 2017, at Atmore Community Hospital.

A native of Atmore, Askew was born April 23, 1935, to the late Calvin and Dannie Grissett. She was a 1951 graduate of Escambia County Training School and later graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. with her bachelor’s degree in business administration. While attending A&T, she became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Gamma Chapter in 1953.

She worked for several years as the secretary at Escambia County Training School before becoming employed with Alabama Power Co. in Atmore, where she worked as a senior customer service representative until her retirement in 1996.

She was a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in her youth, and her marriage to the late James M. Askew. She united with the Harris Street AOH Church of God, where she served as superintendent of Sunday School, the Mother’s Board, coordinator of the 100 Women in Black Program (for over 10 years) and she took children of the church to annual church conventions.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Myrana (Anne) McGinnis; three brothers, Arthur, Calvin Jr., and John Grissett; and two sisters, Cora Nettles and Margie McPherson.

Those left to cherish her life, love and legacy are three daughters, Rita Bullard, Yolanda (Jerome) Webster, all of Atmore and Jameshia (Michael) Sibley of Montgomery; two sons, Charles (Barbara) McGinnis of Foley and John (Wanda) Biggs Sr. of Peterman; one brother, Willie J. (Glender) Grissett of Atmore; one sister, Catherine Campbell of Jacksonville, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

Funeral services were held April 15, 2017, from Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. John Biggs Sr. serving as eulogist, and Bishop Q. Mitchell serving as officiate, and the Rev. Isaac Bradley as host pastor. Inhumation was next to her husband, James M. Askew in Stallworth Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Joseph Howard Gohagin

Joseph Howard Gohagin, 81, of Atmore, passed away on April 14, 2017, in Atmore.

He was a carpenter for many years, and retired after 14 years of service with Flour Daniel

Construction as a foreman. He was born in Atmore to the late, Joseph Richard and Mattie Lucille McKinley Gohagin on June 18, 1935. He was of Baptist Faith and attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He also was an avid Alabama fan and fishermen.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Tami Karen Gohagin; son, James Terrell

Gohagin; and brothers, Buford Gohagin and Rayford Gohagin.

Survivors are his wife, Doris Louise Taylor Gohagin; one son, Dauphin (Rita) Gohagin, all of

Atmore; two grandchildren, Keith (Ashley) Gohagin of Fairford and Grant Gohagin of

Atmore; two brothers, Carlos (Fay) Gohagin and Milford (Darlene) Gohagin, all of Atmore; and six great-grandchildren, Macy Byrd, Mallie Byrd, Brody Selzer, Jayce Gohagin, Roper Peacock, Bristol Caroline Peacock.

Graveside services were held April 17, 2017, in McCullough Cemetery with Bro. Mark Peacock officiating. Interment followed in McCullough Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Wayne Fayard, Keith Gohagin, Grant Gohagin, Louis Tharp, Larry Gohagan and Tim Godwin.

Family received friends April 17 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Kathryn Wilson Vinson

Mrs. Kathryn Wilson Vinson, 56, passed away Thurs., April 13, 2017, in Mobile.

She was a native of Bay Minette and has resided in Perdido for the past 15 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was of the Baptist Faith.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dixon and Christine Wilson.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Kevin Vinson of Perdido; two sons, Kevin (Cloi) Vinson Jr. of Phillipsville and Joshua Vinson of Dyas; one daughter, Jodi Rolin of Phillipsville; very special friend, Paul Godwin of Phillipsville; one brother, James Wilson of Montgomery; one sister, Carol Simmons of Montgomery; six grandchildren, Haley Vinson, Lane Vinson, Lina Vinson, Leigh Ann Vinson, Madyson Rolin and Peyton Rolin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at April 17, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Malcolm Harrelson officiating.

Burial followed at the Pine Grove Cemetery.

Visitation was held April 16 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Sammy Southard, Brenton Dorough, Wesley Edwards, Joey Welch, Jay Roberts, Jake Barnett, Gene White and Michael White.

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


Linda Blackburn Ward

Linda Blackburn Ward, 64, of Atmore, passed away Sat., April 15, 2017, in Atmore.

She worked as a dental hygienist, cosmetologist, aid at A.C. Moore Elementary and a supervisor for Touch 1. She was born in Atmore on May 7, 1952, to the late Jack and Betty Stacey Blackburn.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Billy Blackburn and a step-brother, Jonny Blackburn.

Survivors are her husband, Wayne Ward of Atmore; two daughters, Shelley Turner of Atmore and Stacey (Jon) Guyton of Opelika; two brothers, Donnie Blackburn of Little River and Larry Blackburn of Tuscaloosa; two sisters, Jean Allred of Prattville and Brenda Sanders of Pensacola, Fla.; and grandchildren, Dezarae, Chelsey, Emily, Carson, Trace and Olivia.

Memorial services were held at April 18, 2017, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Floyd Harris and Bro Scott Armstrong officiating.

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


Mae Bell Jeter

Mrs. Mae Bell Jeter, 100, passed away on Wed., April 5, 2017, at her home in Uriah.

She was a native of Conecuh County and resided in Uriah all her married life. She was a long time member of Mineola Baptist Church of Uriah. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, John Henry Jeter; son, James H. Jeter; and her granddaughter, Amy Jeter Whitehead.
She is survived by three daughters, Lorane (Robert) Kirchharr of Uria, Ima Ree (Murray) Ellison of Atmore and Linda (Jimmy) Morrison of Tallassee; her daughter in law, Ila Jeter of Mexia,; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at April 7, 2017, from Mineola Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry Wilson and the Rev. Mark Whittington officiating. Burial followed in Mineola Cemetery. Visitation was held April 7, 2017, from the church.

Vanessa Dale Stuckey Powell

Ms. Vanessa Dale Stuckey Powell, 61, of Century, Fla., passed away on Sun., April 9, 2017, at a Pensacola, Fla. healthcare facility.

She was born in Mobile and spent her lifetime in the Century community. She worked as a store clerk and was of the Holiness faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen Teater; brothers, William Stuckey and Richard Stuckey, both of Atmore; and sisters, Clarice Stuckey of Atmore; and Amanthia Stuckey Merchant of Brewton.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wed., April 19, 2017, from Byrneville United Methodist Cemetery with Bro. Bill Stuckey officiating.
Flomaton Funeral Home is directing.