Obituaries for Wed., May 17, 2017

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Christopher Adam Black

Mr. Christopher Adam Black, 44, passed away Fri., May 12, 2017, in Rabun.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Rabun. He was a member of the Rabun Volunteer Fire Department and the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church of God.

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He is preceded in death by his father, Wilmer Eugene Black; grandmother, Iva Paul; and aunt, Melba Maxwell.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Lois and E.J. Hebert of Rabun; two brothers, Jeff Black of Rabun and Wade Black of Rabun; and one half-brother, Phillip Black of Louisiana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thurs., May 18, 2017, from the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church of God with the Rev. Randall Short, the Rev. Malcolm Harrelson and the Rev. Thursa Long officiating.

Burial will follow at Paul Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. today, Wed., May 17, 2017, until service time at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church of God.

Pallbearers will be Wendell Hall, Aubrey Paul, Norris Hall, Cody Nall, Michael Stump and Willie Hall.

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


Crystal Fillingim Criswell

Mrs. Crystal Fillingim Criswell, 38, passed away on Sat., May 13, 2017, in Pensacola, Fla.

She was born in Flomaton, a former resident of Jay, Fla. where she graduated high school, and has been a resident of the McDavid and Walnut Hill, Fla. ares for the past 19 years. She was a member of the Bratt Assembly of God Church, where she taught children bible study. She was a community volunteer in her church and the schools. She was always helping others before herself.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Joe Joyner; great-grandmother, Mattie Hawthorne; grandfather, Tom Fillingim; and cousins, Kim Helms and Jeffery Hawthorne.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Ray Criswell of Walnut Hill; one son, Colton Ray Criswell of Walnut Hill; two daughters, Karlee Nicole Criswell and Chloe Faith Criswell, both of Walnut Hill; parents, John and Patsy Fillingim of Jay; mother and father in law, Billy and Janie Criswell of McDavid; one brother, Arron Fillingim of Jay; two sisters in law, Marsha and Kenny Maher of Byrneville, Fla. and Michelle and Keith Peebles of McDavid; maternal grandmother, Irene Joyner; paternal grandmother, Louise Dockens; and a special in the time of need niece, Jessica Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. this Fri., May 19, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Rick Maharrey and the Rev. Josh Long officiating.

Burial will follow at Christian Home Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Thurs., May 18, 2017, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kipp Nowling, Cameron Fillingim, Michael Boyd, Michael Fillingim, Kenny Maher and Keith Peebles.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Nowling, Blake Barnes, Tommy McCrory, Brandon Wilson, Walter Brown, Jason Mobley, Willie Nisewonger and Jim Rogers.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the First National Bank of Atmore.

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


Doris “Dot” Woods

Mrs. Doris “Dot” Woods, 84, passed away Mon., May 8, 2017, in Fairhope.

She was a lifelong resident of Atmore. She was one of six children who had their own special talent working with their hands. She worked as a seamstress at Vanity Fair for many years before she started sewing for the public. She made everything from children’s clothes to wedding dresses for both of her daughters.

She loved her family more than anything. She was a loving wife to her husband until his death. She was also the best “Momma” to her three children and the greatest “Mawmaw” to her six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She loved her sister, brothers and their families dearly. She also loved her husband’s family as her own. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family until we meet again.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Woods; parents, Charlie Tyson and Sadie Miller; three brothers, Jack Tyson, Thomas (PeeWee) Tyson and Joe Miller; and one sister, Louise King.

She is survived by her one son, Charles Woods (Carolyn) of Atmore; two daughters, Vicky Kornegay (Darryl) of Eufaula and Lisa Milliken (Larry) of Atmore; one brother, Murray Tyson (Libby) of South Haven, Miss.; six grandchildren, Sharlie Terry (Ross), Scotty Woods (Tosha), Hunter Milliken (Hannah), Andrew Kornegay (Sarah), Haley Kornegay and Sara Milliken; and four great-grandchildren, Ava Woods, Tyson Milliken, Levi Millken and Chase Milliken.

Funeral services were held May 11, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Burial followed at Semirah Springs Cemetery.

Visitation was held May 10, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Andrew Kornegay, Scotty Woods, Hunter Milliken, Darryl Kornegay, Larry Milliken and Ross Terry.

Honorary pallbearers were her Sunday school class at Robinsonville Baptist Church.

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


James Robert Mooney

Mr. James Robert Mooney, 76, of Monroeville, passed away Tues., May 2, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Atmore and had been a resident of Monroe County for the past 10 years. He taught school for many years with the Escambia County School System. He was a member of Goodway Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Mooney and Sudie Freeman Mooney; and his brother, Harold Mooney.
Survivors include his daughter, Laura Benson; husband, Gary of Excel; and four grandchildren, Kyle Benson, Trent Benson, Trevor Benson and Landon Benson.
Funeral services were held May 4, 2017, from Monroe Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Dunn officiating. A private burial service followed. Visitation was held May 4, 2017 at the funeral home.
Please share your condolences online by signing Mr. Mooney’s guest book at

Jessie Lee Daniel

Mr. Jessie Lee Daniel, 64, a resident of Bay Minette, passed away on Mon., May 16, 2017.

He was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Bay Minette.

Arrangements will be announced by Mayberry Funeral Home.

Lucy Deloris Snowden Sledge

Lucy Deloris Snowden Sledge died on Mon., May 8, 2017, at Springhill Memorial.

She was a resident of Bay Minette. She graduated from Douglasville High School in Bay Minette and retired from Faulkner State Community College after 37 years of service.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Lee Ida Snowden; sisters, Annie Hooks, Melissa Agee, Sally Palmer, Ethel Smith, Mamie Snowden and Lelia Snowden; brothers, Isiah Snowden, Rome Mims, Issac Snowden, Charlie Snowden, Willie Snowden, Roosevelt Snowden, Doris Johnson and LT Snowden; and her husband, Ferdinand Sledge.

She is survived by one son, Earl (Louise) Sledge of Savannah, Ga.; three daughters, Nancy (Richard) O’Hara of Birmingham, Elouise (Melvin) Smith of Stockton and Janice (Roy) Soloman of Mobile; one brother, Levon Snowden of Monticello, N.Y.; sisters, Ida Lee Barnes of Bromley, Gloria (Paul) Sledge of Bromley and Shavece Hare of Lanette ; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; five sisters in law, Sister Edrena Snowden of Bromley, Sister Bessie Snowden of Hurricane, Velma Snowden of Mobile, Georgia Mae Mims of Bay Minette and Ora Snowden of Pascagoula, Miss.; two God daughters, Lynetta Kimbrough of Mobile and Raquel Smith of Theodore; one God son, Geary McKellon II of Theodore; two devoted friends, Diane Peavy of Bay Minette and Ann Hester of Stockton; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to celebrate her life and reflect upon her memory.

Funeral services were held at Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church in Bromley.

Active pallbearers were Trey Sledge, Haratio Sledge, Tavares Sledge, Delon Hare and Chris Evans.

Honorary pallbearers were, Bro. Melvin smith, Bro. Richard O’Hara, Bro. Rayfield Snowden, Deacon George Anderson and Bro. Roy Soloman.

Flower bearers were her nieces.

Sylvester “LB” Benjamin

Funeral services for Sylvester “LB” Benjamin, 87, of Little River, will be announced by Turner Funeral Chapel LLC.

Mr. Benjamin died Fri., May 12, 2017, at Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center in Enterprise.


William “Peter Rabbit” Smith Jr.

Funeral service for Mr. William “Peter Rabbit” Smith Jr., of Bay Minette, entered Sweet Eternal Rest on Thurs., May 11, 2017, in Bay Minette.

A native of Tensaw, he had been a longtime resident of Plainfield, N.J. and had recently relocated to Bay Minette. He attended Douglasville High School in Bay Minette. He was a retired fire inspector from New Jersey. He loved being a DJ and was known as “StarChild,” enjoyed football and was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ty’Shawn Smith; his parents, William Sr. and Annie Smith; and a sister, Eliza French.

Those left to cherish his life and legacy are three daughters, Vivian Stoudemire of Molino, Fla., Annie Bercant of Detroit, Mich. and Jacquline Broughton of Latham; five sons, Gerald Bryant of Memphis, Tenn., Anthony (Yolanda) Smith of Houston, Texas, Phillip Bellamy and Da’Shawn Smith of Plainfield, N.J. and Deon Brown of Baltimore, Md.; 10 sisters, Lula Evans and Dorothy Smith of Pensacola, Fla., Annie Mae (Jessie) Lawson, Mary Smith, Catherine (Randall) Benjamin, Essie (Willie Charles) Johnson and Linda (Adam) French, all of Atmore, Lorraine (Sammie) Walker and Christina Jones of Los Angeles, Calif. and Joyce Stallworth of Eight Mile; three brothers, William (Michelle) Smith of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Alfred Smith of Spanish Fort and Curtis Smith of Plainfield, N.J.; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and devoted companion, Tonja Naves of Bay Minette.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sat., May 20, 2017, from Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center with Overseer Darryl North, pastor, officiating. Inhumation will be in Fairview Cemetery. Public viewing will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. His body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC officiating.


Willie W. Saucer

Mr. Willie W. Saucer, 85, of Goodway, passed away Fri., May 5, 2017, at his home.

He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County, and was a member of Excel Assembly of God Church. He was a farmer of his own land for many, many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ulan Saucer and Delia Rigby Saucer.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Rae Saucer of Goodway; his son, Wesley Ray Saucer and wife, Ruth of Uriah; his daughter, Sheila Saucer Johnson and husband, David of Goodway; two brothers, Floyd Saucer and wife, Jeanette of Goodway and Kenneth Saucer and wife, Myra Ann of Goodway; five grandchildren, David Saucer and wife, Andrea, Scott Saucer and wife, Elizabeth, Katherine Johnson Burchell and husband, Ryan, Andrew Johnson and wife Stephanie, and Olivia Johnson House and husband, Kevin; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held May 8, 2017, from Excel Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Allen Robinson and the Rev. Billy House officiating. Burial followed in Union Cemetery in Frisco City. Visitation was held May 7, 2017 at the church.
Please share your condolences online by signing Mr. Saucer’s guestbook at