Obituaries for Wed., June 14, 2017

Published 5:23 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Paul Clark Stevanus

Paul Clark Stevanus, formerly a resident of Atmore and Byrneville, Fla., was born on July 25, 1924, in Ontario, Canada, and passed away on May 21, 2017.

He resided with his nephew, Howie, in Newport News, Va., the past three-plus years due to failing health. He died there peacefully after being bed fast since last September.

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A memorial service will be held this Fri., June 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Byrneville Mennonite Church, 2360 Highway 4 West, Century, Fla.

He was a member of this church and attended faithfully from the late 1950s until he moved to Virginia in February 2014.

His ashes will later be buried in the Freemanville Community Cemetery north of Atmore.

For many, many years, Paul mowed and baled small square bales of hay. Many youth helped him put up hay during those years.


Richard S. Hadley

Mr. Richard S. Hadley, 86, passed away on Tues., May 30, 2017, in Houston, Texas.

He was a native of Perdido.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard Hadley and Vera Stewart Hadley; one brother, Earnest H. Hadley; and one sister, Glenda Faye Wiggins.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruby Jewel Wolfe Hadley; one son, Michael Eric Hadley of Houston; and three sisters, Winnie Bell Heathcock (Junior), Velma E. Sessions (Dallas) and Ruby M. Long, all of Bay Minette; and two brothers, Murray D. Hadley and Mark A. Hadley of Houston.

He retired from local union 211 after 60 years of service. After retirement, he went into business for himself in the car and wrecker business.

Services were held on June 6, 2017, from San Jacinto Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Cole officiating. Interment followed in San Jacinto Memorial park in Houston.

Family received friends June 5 at San Jacinto Funeral Home.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”


William Kyle Burns

The funeral service for William “Kyle” Burns was held June 12, 2017, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service with burial following in Perdido, at Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation for Mr. Burns was June 11, also held at Riverwood Family.

Kyle Burns, 40, of Brookhaven, passed away June 7, 2017 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, TX. He was born in

Brookhaven, MS, on July 2, 1976, to Clyde Edward Burns and Judith Gail McGraw Burns. Kyle was a sports fan, spending his free time enjoying football, softball, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. He worked as a Supervisor in the Construction industry.

Kyle is preceded in death by his grandparents, “PawPaw” Charles E. McGraw and Irene Bales Daughdrill; and one uncle Charles Larry McGraw.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tammy Eady Burns; son, Hayden Kyle Burns; step son Colt Morris (Michelle); daughters, Ashlyn Michelle Burns and Chloe Taylor Burns; parents; brothers, Kennon Burns (Sydney), Kody Burns (Brandy) and Konley Burns (Cacey); and his sister, Kelsey Gerald (Tim). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Mia Morris, Abranda Morris, Colton Morris and Hamp Morris as well as other loving family members and friends.

A special thank you to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital Staff and the pastor who came and ministered to us.


Savannah Lee Daughtry

Mrs. Savannah Lee Daughtry, 69, passed away on Sat., June 10, 2017, in Atmore.

Mrs. Daughtry was a native and life long resident of Atmore. She was a member of the Poarch Creek Indians, devout Christian, loved and helped raise lots of children — even though she had none — and loved to fish and travel.

She was a member of the Friendly Holiness Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Hawk and Ella Daughtry; two brothers, Obie Lee Daughtry and D.C. Daughtry; and four sisters, Bernice Qualls, Vernell Aplin, Luverne Ward and Charlotte Reed.

She is survived by her nine nieces, Kay, Tena, Juanita, Phylis, Tracy, Shanna, Jennifer, Tawana and Dana; seven nephews, Dale, Ray, Douglas, Randall, Carl, Kendall and Derrick; and one sister in law, Ernestine Daughtry.

Funeral services will be held today, Wed., June 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Friendly Holiness Church with Rev. Ray Ward, the Rev. Dale Aplin and the Rev. David Bryars officiating.

Burial will follow at the New Home Cemetery.

Visitation was held June 13 until service time at the Friendly Holiness Church.

Pallbearers will be her nephews, Randall Ward, Carl Ward, Kendall Reed, Douglas Daughtry, Derrick McDuffie and Heath Bryars.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Trenton Daughtry, Trevor Daughtry, Brian Richard and Steven Aplin.

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


Bobbie Jean Dixon

Sister Bobbie Jean Dixon, affectionately called Barbara, was the only daughter of Willie and Rosie Lee McKinney.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1943, in Century, Fla. This is where she resided until the Lord called her home on June 1, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at her home.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, Elbet Dixon, three brothers, Willie McKinney Jr., Eugene McKinney and Eric Allen; and one granddaughter, Dedria Robinson.

She gave of her service to Vanity Fair Corporation, and over five years of service to the Flomaton Police Department. She served as an eastern star for 27 yeasr. She graduated from Carver High School.

Barbara enjoyed going to church, singing, fishing, cooking, traveling and spending quality time with her family.

She was a faithful member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church where she served in many capacities — choir member, church secretary, deaconess, usher board and missionary board.

Sister Bobbie leaves to cherish her memories four daughters, Tina Hicks of Century, Rosemary Robinson of Tallahassee, Fla., Gina (Hubert) Brown of Tallahassee and Ericka (Sylvester) Kincheon of Austin, Texas; five sons, Dewayne (Nekiya) Robinson of Century, Jeffery (Alice) Robinson of Crawfordville, Fla., Anthony Robinson of Century, Reginald (Rita) Robinson of Flomaton and Hugh (Anita) McKinney of Century; four brothers, Roy (Barbara) McKinney, James (Cynthia) McKinney, Ollie (Eunice) McKinney and Earl Ray (Erma) Allen, all of Century; 20 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Magnolia “Janie” Beamon Lewis

Magnolia “Janie” Beamon Lewis, was born on March 8, 1927, to Abraham “Wink” Beamon and Eugenia Pullum Beamon in Brewton.

A service was held Sat., June 10, 2017, at Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton. The Rev. Eric T. Andrews, pastor, officiated. Interment was held in Springhill Cemetery in Brewton with Presley-Fluker directing.

Magnolia was a well known member and actively worked on different boards and missionary organizations at Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

At the age of 18, she married John Arthur Lewis Sr., to this union seven children were born.

Magnolia worked tirelessly as a beautician until 2016.

Later in her life as her children were getting older, Jefferson Davis Community College opened in Brewton; Magnolia took advantage of that and got her GEC and enrolled in music classes, which awakened her love for playing the piano and organ. She continued taking music private teachers traveling to Pensacola, Fla., and other places.

Magnolia passed on her anointing, her love of music, to her generations; with many musicians in all generations and more to come. Magnolia loved people — people of all races and ages, but more than that, magnolia loved the Lord first and foremost.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, her brothers, Abraham Jr. and David; sisters, Cora, Nellie, Annie Ruth and Betty; and granddaughters, Vivian Lewis and Jennifer Washington.

She leaves to cherish her memory, brothers, Embery (Grace) Beamon of Mount Vernon; adopted brothers, Ronnie Beamon and Lonnie Beamon of Las Vegas, N.V.; sister, Lillie Pear (Avon) Hall of Highland, Calif.; sisters in law, E’Lois Johnson of Chicago, Ill. and Shirley (Frank) Brown of Pensacola; children, Loretta Thomas of Montgomery, John (Bernice) Lewis of Brewton, Linda (Winfred) Shipman of Pensacola, Wilhelmina Lewis of Robertsdale, Sandra (Hileary) Culliver of Atmore, Barbary Curry of Brewton and Kenneth Lewis of Crestview, Fla.; 25 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.


C.W. “Pete” Helton

Mr. C.W. “Pete” Helton, 88, passed away on Sat., June 10, 2017, in Bay Minette.

Mr. Helton was a native and life long resident of Robinsonville. He was a Sunday school teacher for 60 years, ordained deacon, was a member of the Robinsonville Baptist Church and the Brooks Memorial Baptist Church, president of Cattleman’s Association, active in Farm Bureau and the Atmore Trucker’s Association. He was owner of Snappy Car Wash and Laundry for 30-plus years and a farmer for most of his life. In the military, he received the medal for good conduct, two medals for courage and dependability, medal for sharp shooter for a 45-calibur, tank weapons and expert gunner medal and the tank medal for the 86th tank division. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fonnie Martin Helton and Junie Etta Bell Helton; first wife, Ruby Earline Helton; one sister, Ima Crawford; and one brother, Robert “Bobby” Helton.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara R. Helton of Robinsonville; four sons, Alan Helton of Atmore, Roger (Beverly) Helton of Atmore, Osborn (Kathy) Linam of Spanish Fort and Desmond Linam of Atmore; two daughters, Linda (Billy) Farr of Atmore and Dawn (Tim) Turner of Atmore; two brothers, Dr. Kendrel (Nancy) Helton of Huntsville and Clyde (Gladys) Helton of Robinsonville; two sisters, Leople Peacock of Montgomery and Nelda Jernigan of Montgomery; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held June 13, 2017, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Heard officiating.

Burial followed at the Robinsonville Cemetery.

Visitation was June 12 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Whitehead, Dustin Helton, Nolan Linam, Nate Turner, Craig Helton, Cody Helton, Trent Linam and Colton Whitehead.

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


Vertice Allen Powell

Mr. Vertice Allen Powell, 82, of Uriah, died Sat., June 10, 2017.

Mr. Powell was a native and lifelong resident of Uriah, and was a member of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He retired from Vanity Fair as a machinist and he was an Army veteran. Mr. Powell is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Johnson Powell and Vergie Allen Powell; his wife, Gladys Powell; one son, Tim Powell; a brother, Hurtice Powell; and a sister, Erlene McKinley. Survivors include two sons, Allen Powell of Uriah, and Steve Powell and his wife, Patricia of Uriah; one brother, Tony Powell of Uriah; three sisters, Glendine Huff, Patricia McCullers and Linda Faulkner, all of Uriah; one daughter in law, Judy Powell of Uriah; and two grandchildren, Steven Powell and Jessie Powell.
Funeral services were held June 13, 2017, from the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Matt Brown and the Rev. Diane Everette officiating. Interment followed at the Uriah Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Visitation was June 12 at Johnson Funeral Home.


Alonzietta Renae King

Alonzietta Renae King, 53, of Mobile, passed on Fri., June 2, 2017, in Daphne.

She was born in Atmore on Sept. 17, 1963, to Walter King Jr. and Ernestine King.

Survivors are one daughter, Marlina King of Mobile; one son, Marvin King of Loxley; three sisters, Shalurick King, Veronica King and Rosia Dailey; one brother, Walter King III and four grandchildren.

Visitation was held June 8.

The funeral was held June 9, 2017, at Memorial Funeral Home.


Silas Steven Sinclair

Mr. Silas Steven Sinclair, 59, passed away on Wed., June 7, 2017, in Atmore.

He was a native and former resident of Loxley and has resided in Atmore for the past 30 years. He was a member of the Atmore Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Betty Jean Sinclair; and a brother, Clay Morgan.

He is survived by his wife, Clara E. Copeland of Atmore; two sons, Steven Sinclair of Atmore and Leon Sinclair of Loxley; two daughters, Brittany Sinclair of Loxley and Christina (Kenneth) Townson of Brewton; one brother, Tony Sinclair of Mississippi; one sister, Bettina Simoneaux of Baker, La.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation was held June 10 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

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


Lee “Snook” Finney Sr.

That which was, is no longer, what is now may seem a mystery, but what is left are everlasting memories of the beauty and faithfulness of a life Deacon Lee Finney Sr. that is now at rest — this is the nature of things. This is how it has been, how it is and how it will continue to be until the final sentence on the last page of this book of life is written. One must understand that this work is by the hand of Jesus, a presence whose ways are not as our ways that sees all things not merely as they are but in the way that he created them to be. The human mind at times may not comprehend these things, but it is the peace He brings afterward that surpasses all understanding. Let us not cling to the suffering of life’s circumstances, but to the words that say that, “God is able to do, that which He said He will do.” Let not the pain be our anthem, but the joy of the Lord be our strength.

Finney was born Nov. 29, 1926, to the late Payton Finney Sr. and Mattie Phillips Finney. He was educated at the Camden Academy in Wilcox County. He later met the love of his life and united with Christ as one with Mary Alice Lymon Finney and remained for 65 years. To this union, eight children were born. He was employed for more than 10 years with the First Baptist Church of Atmore and more than 30 years with Standard Furniture in Bay Minette until retirement.

Finney was a devoted member of the Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church for more than 60 years and served well as deacon.

Finney transitioned from time to eternity on June 6, 2017. He was preceded by his parents and grandparents; a loving wife of 65 years, Mrs. Mary Alice Lymon-Finney; daughter, Latedra Finney; grandson, Barrett Finney Sr.; granddaughter, Tiffany Anderson; brother, Payton Finney Jr.; and sister, Minnie Link.

Those who will forever cherish his legacy and remain in their hearts include three daughters, Rebeca (Austin) Thomspon, Patricia (Frank) Burks both of Atmore and Rachelle Garrett of Union City, Ga.; five sons: Charles Finney, Glenn (Sharon) Finney both of Akron, Ohio, Lee Finney of Atmore, Michael (Bertha) Finney of Montgomery and Pastor James (Edrina) Brown of Pensacola, Fla.; three sisters, Bernice Robinson of Los Angeles, Calif., Sadie (Ezell) Smith, Nettie P. Finney and Elnora (Otha) Everage of Akron; three brothers, Alexander Finney, Paul (Susie) Finney and Roy (Barbara) Finney, all of Akron; 38 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; one brother in law, Bishop Albert (Thelma) Lymon of Detroit, Mich.; two sisters in law, Clara Rudolph of Detroit and Delois (Ellis) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two special friends, Theodore White Sr. and Arthur Dailey; and a host nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services are scheduled for tomorrow, Thurs., June 15, 2017, at noon at the Second Mt. Triumph Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe L. Hayes serving as pastor and eulogist. Services are entrusted to the Robinson-Christian Memorial Funeral Home, 78 Harris Street, Atmore, AL 36502.