Obituaries for Wed., June 7, 2017

Published 5:04 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Barbara Ann Merritt Morris

Mrs. Barbara Ann Merritt Morris, 77, passed away on Mon., June 5, 2017, in Dothan.

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She was a native of Pensacola, Fla., former resident of Clayton and has resided in Flomaton most of her life. She was of the Catholic Faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and caregiver.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Morris; parents, Elmer and Mary Felton; a son, John Elmer Merritt; one brother, James E. Felton; and one half sister, Betts Felton.

She is survived by her three sons, Lee (Dawn) Merritt of Pollard, James (Amanda) Merritt of Blue Springs and Robert Merritt of Ozark; one daughter, Christine (John) Curtis of Flomaton; two half sisters, Teri (Scot) Cannon of Seattle and Margie (Dr. Robert) Wark of Seattle; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Nathan Jackson of Flomaton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this Fri., June 9, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at the Flomaton Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be James Merritt, Robert Merritt, Travis Merritt, Jake Merritt, Joshua Merritt, Zach Merritt and Lloyd Curtis.

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


Bernard Lynn Owens

Bernard Lynn Owens, 64, of Atmore, was promoted into the presence of Jesus Christ, his glorious savior and friends in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on May 4, 2017.

He was born April 4, 1953, in Detroit, Mich. and worked in telecommunications through the lower 48 states.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Morgan-Owens; daughter, Candace Owens; grandchildren, Eric Williams, Christian Wilson and Raylynn Smith; brother, Vernon Owens; sister, Glenda Henry; aunt, Thelma Cody; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Michelle Owens; father, Edward Luster Owens; mother, Hazel Craven Owens; brothers, L.D. Owens and Ronald Owens; and sisters, Barbara Kirkland and Judy Owens.

The family chose cremation with a private memorial service in Clarkrange Cemetery in Clarkrange, Tenn.

Jennings Funeral Home in Jamestown, Tenn. was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Marshall Burkett

Betty Marshall Burkett, 78, of Atmore, passed away Tues., May 30, 2017, in Atmore.

She was a retired secretary from Alabama Power Co. after many years of service, born in Atmore on March 9, 1939, to the late Elmer Earl and Ruth Cole Marshall. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Atmore.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Burkett; and one brother, Franklin Marshall.

Survivors are one son, Jason Eric Burkett; and one daughter, Christy Burkett (David) Neff, all of Atmore; and one granddaughter, Lisa Coleen Neff of Phoenix, Ariz.

Services were held June 2, 2017, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Thorpe officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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


Booker T. Williams

Booker T. Williams was born on Aug. 27, 1963, to Elizabeth and the late Booker T. Williams Sr.; and died on May 29, 2017, at a Pensacola, Fla. hospital.

He joined the Christian experience at an early age with Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. He attended Escambia County High School and after graduating, enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, where he served approximately two years. He was an employee of Ray Sumlins Construction for 20 years. He was also employed with Southern Aluminum, and was a very hard worker.

He is preceded in death by his father, Booker T. Williams Sr.; brother, Ricky Williams; grandmother, Rosie May Mims and the late Leona; and grandfather, Coleman Williams.

He is survived by a loving mother, Elizabeth Williams; three children, Kasey Redmond of Walnut Hill, Fla., Jasmine Williams and Jeremy Williams, both of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Ray (Kim) Williams and Ronnie C. (Shavaughn) Williams, both of Atmore; two sisters, Barbara (Willie) Fountain of Walnut Hill and Christy (Calvin) Brown of Atmore; a goddaughter, La’Kasia Rogers; mother of his children, Kimberly Williams; mother in law, Mary Arnold of Atmore; brother in law, Pastor Michael Arnold; sister in law, Angela (Keith) Norman; aunts, Ethel Montgomery of Pensacola, Annie Bell North of Los Angeles, Calif., Julie Mae Powe of Birmingham and Jackie Powe of Birmingham; uncles, Nathan of Birmingham and George Powe of Birmingham; a special companion, Regina Jenkins; devoted family and friends, Willie Glenn Ferrel, Joseph Ferrel, Roy Glenn Howard, Kenneth Brooks, Oneal Norman and Melvin Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Wed., June 7, 2017, at Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center in Atmore with Overseer Darryl North, pastor, and Evangelist Ray Williams, messenger of strength. Interment will be held in Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Ferrell, Demetrious Fountain, AL C Williams, Calvin Brown, Sylvester Sharp and Derrell Williams.

Flowerbearers will be family and friends.

Mayberry Funeral Home of Atmore will be in charge of arrangements.


Eliza Mae James

Mrs. Eliza Mae James, of Tensaw, answered the Master’s Call one month and 22 days after reaching 101 years of age on June 1, 2017, at her residence.

A native of Clarke County, she was a resident of Tensaw for many years. She was a member of Little Zion United Methodist Church – Tensaw, where she served as chairlady of the PPR (Pastor Parish), Sunday School teacher, usher and member of the EverReady Gospel Chorus. She was a retired custodian with Baldwin County Board of Education. She was an Eastern Star. In her leisure, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, fishing, cooking and gardening. She received a proclamation from President (Barack) Obama in 2016 as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie “Popeye” James; a son, Jimmy Lee Johnson; her parents, Ed and Mary Moses; a sister, Flora Hills; and a brother, Ezell Jackson.


Those left to cherish memories of her life are her daughter, Mary J. Williams of Tensaw; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. this Sat., June 10, 2017, from Little Zion United Methodist Church – Tensaw with the Rev. Leo Campbell – eulogist, the Rev. Christopher Gilmore – presiding and the Rev. Norman Tinsley – host pastor. Retirement of her remains will be in Tensaw Memorial Gardens. Public viewing will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday at the funeral home. Her body will lie in repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral service with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


JD Ashcraft Sr.

Mr. JD Ashcraft Sr., 79, passed away on Wed., May 31, 2017, in Foley.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore. He was retired from the Alabama Department of Corrections with 34 years of service and was a lifelong farmer. He attended the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Joseph Ashcraft and Allie Mae Gohagin Ashcraft; two wives, Joyce Maria Trawick Ashcraft and Mary Ann Hayles Ashcraft; and three brothers, Harvey, Charlie and Kenneth Ray Ashcraft.

He is survived by his two sons, Tommy Ashcraft of Atmore and Jimbo and Melissa Ashcraft of Uriah; two daughters, Sherry and Richard Nix of Elberta and Tressa and Kevin Sinclair of Loxley; grandchildren, Jennifer and Darren “Daryl” Snipes, T.J. and Kari Ashcraft, Brittany and Keith Selzer, Kristie Everette, Dustin and Heather Ashcraft, Colton and Candice Sinclair, Emily Sinclair and Destin Sims; and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Blaze, Kaston, Toby, Brayleigh and Kendal.

Funeral services were held June 2, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Sister Helen Stewart officiating.

Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held from June 2 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were T.J. Ashcraft, Dustin Ashcraft, Colton Sinclair, Darren “Daryl” Snipes, Keith Selzer and Jacob Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers were Claude Kent and Carlos Gohagin.

Special thanks to the Fresenius Kidney Care and extra special nurse Amy Byrd of Foley, South Baldwin Wound Care Staff of Foley and special thanks to Dr. Amare, Dr. Mire and Dr. Kish McLeod.

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


Katie Ruth Daniel

Mrs. Katie Ruth Daniel, 78, passed away on Thurs., June 1, 2017, in Atmore.

She was a native of Uriah and has resided in Atmore for most of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Cecil Daniel of Atmore; son, Cereal (Karen) Daniel of Atmore and their children, Ryan and Cindy Daniel of Lumberton, Texas and Chelsea and Matthew George of Merritt Island, Fla.; and great-grandchild, Hudson Daniel; son, Paul (Lisa) Daniel of Atmore and their children, Cody and Whitley Daniel of Excel, Brittany Flowers of Nokomis, Lindsey and Tanner Bosarge of Bermuda, Jon Cody of Pace, Fla. and Amanda and Steven Dieterle of Navarre, Fla.; and great grandchildren, Caelam Daniel, Charlee Flowers, Cambree Flowers, Dominic Cranston and Anna Belle Dieterle; son, Sam (Jennifer) Daniel of Holtville and their children, Catie Lynn Daniel and Hannah Daniel; one brother, Richard Stafford of Winder, Ga.; six sisters, Sadie Ruth Wilson of Bay Minette, Mary Nelson of Winder, Ga, Barbara Poteat of North Carolina, Shirley Payne of North Carolina, Kathy Owens of Eastman, Ga. and Susie Corckett of Newman, Ga.

Funeral services were held June 4, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Ricky Tedder, the Rev. James Boyd and the Rev. Robert Herd officiating.

Burial followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held June 3, 2017 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ryan Daniel, Cindy Daniel, Matthew George, Chelsea George, Cody Daniel, Whitley Daniel, Catie Lynn Daniel and Hannah Daniel.

Honorary pallbearers were the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

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


Lizzie Mae Morrisette

Lizzie Mae Morrisette was born on March 2, 1941, in Coffeeville to the union of Rover Morrisette and Roberta Morrisette Davis, and departed this life on May 27, 2017, at a local hospital. She was the fifth child born unto this union.

She is preceded in death by her parents; four siblings, Beatrice Calhoun, Dorothy Peavy, Woodie Frank Morrisette and Louis Morrisette.

She leaves to cherish her memories one loving and devoted son, Roosevelt Morrisette; two sisters, Ruby Morrisette and Nettie Owens; several nieces and one devoted, Katrina (Darrell) Gray; several nephews and one devoted, Santavian Jamal Fells; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Homegoing celebration took place on June 3, 2017, at Grace and Truth Christian Fellowship Church in Mobile. Visitation was held the day of the celebration with the Rev. Dr. W.A. James III officiating. Interment followed at Prichard Cemetery.

Mayberry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.