Obituaries for Wed., July 12, 2017

Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ben Flores

Ben Flores, 46, of Milton, Fla., passed away on July 2, 2017, at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola.

He was born in Pensacola on Jan. 10, 1971. Ben owned his own business in Pensacola, M&M Sports Cards and Collectibles, where he formed many lasting friendships.

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Ben married the love of his life, Rachael, in 2013. His other two loves were his kids, Ava and Noah, whom he adopted in July 2016.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Michael B. Flores Sr. and Betty Jean Kennedy Flores; and one sister, Lura Flores Pearcy (Brian), all of Pensacola.

He is survived by his wife and children, Rachael Meadows Flores, Ava Grace Flores and Noah Frank Flores, all of Milton; three brothers, Glenn Flores (Jennifer) of Fruitland Park, Fla., Lenzy Flores of Cantonment, Fla. and Stephen Flores of Milton; mother and father in law, James (Dooley) and Vivian Mathis of Century, Fla.; sister and brother in law, Becky and Darrell Lambeth of Atmore; and a special “Aunt” Linda Nowlin of Pensacola; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Milton. Dr. David Spencer and Pastor Jonathan Russell officiated the services at Johnson Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore on Wed., July 5, 2017. Public was held at 2 p.m. to the funeral hour at 3:30 p.m. Burial followed Pineview Cemetery in the Pineview Community off Hwy 113, 5 miles north of Flomaton.

Pallbearers were Jerry Meadows, Chris Howard, John Zalusky, Mike Hilburt, Darrell Lambeth, and Nathan Carraway.

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


Debra Annette Burrell

Ms. Debra Annette Burrell, 56, of Atmore, exchanged her earthly life for eternal life on Thurs., July 6, 2017, at USA Medical Center in Mobile.

A native and lifelong resident of Escambia County, she was a homemaker and high school graduate. In her free time she enjoyed working on the computer.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Morverene Barron Barne; her father, David Burrell; one sister, Cynthia King; and her grandparents.

Memories of her life will live on forever in the hearts of her daughter, Quanette (Timothy) Crenshaw of Atmore; one sister, Brenda (Michael) Mathis of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother, Stewart Burrell of Atmore; four grandchildren; and aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. this Sat., July 15, 2017, from Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church in Nokomis with Apostle Louis Banks as eulogist, and the Rev. Dennis K. Stephens as host pastor. Inhumation will be in Mt. Shiloh Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Deloris Christine Mixon

Deloris Christine Mixon, 87, of Atmore, passed away on Tues., July 4, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

She was a retired seamstress with Vanity Fair Mills, born in Escambia County, on Jan. 3, 1930, to the late William and Clyde Lomax Daniels. She attended Presley Street Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Hugo Mixon; and sisters, Cornelia Griffin, Louise Vinson and Emily Hooper.

Survivors are a son, Dr. Christopher (Patricia) Mixon of Nashville, Tenn.; one sister,

Shirley Noles of Allentown, Fla.; and two grandsons, Aaron and Hugh Mixon of Nashville, Tenn.

Services were held July 8, 2017, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Heard officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Family received friends July 8 at Johnson-Quimby funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby funeral Home INC was in charge of all arrangements.


Doris F. Fuqua

Doris F. Fuqua, 77, of Walnut Hill, Fla., passed away on July 2, 2017, in Foley.

She was a seamstress, retired from Vanity Fair Mills and worked at Barnett’s Flower Shop. Born in Nokomis, Fla. on July 19, 1939 to the late James T. and Jermie Mae Cook Jones. She was a member of Nokomis Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Fuqua; and a brother, Robert Jones.

She is survived by one son, Lavon (Cynthia) Ledkins of Foley; two daughters, Susan (James)

Hamby of Elberta and Helen (Neal) Howard of Granite Falls, Wash.; one sister, Helen Jones of Nokomis; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held July 7, 2017, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Hill officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Family received friends July 7 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

JohnsonQuimby funeral Home Inc. was in charge of all arrangements.


Edith Inez Williams

Mrs. Edith Inez Williams, 91, of Spanish Fort, passed away on Wed., June 28, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Uriah and had lived in Spanish Fort for the past 14 months. She was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Uriah. She retired from Vanity Fair, where she worked as a line supervisor.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles N. Williams; her parents, Etha and Mabel Jacobson; her brothers, Arthur Dunn and D.C. Dunn; and her sisters, Willie B. Caylor and Louise Norris.
Survivors include her daughter, Juanita (Bruce) Trammell of Spanish Fort; her step-son, George (Sylvia) Hamden of Adrian, Mich.; her sister, Ella Faire House of Uriah; aunt, Louise Cobb of Uriah; three grandchildren, Chuck (Kathy) Griffin of Uriah, Michelle (Chad) Lawrence of Atlanta, Ga. and Nicki (James) Kyle of Satsuma; and three step-grandchildren, Michael Hamden of Adrian, Dominic (Laura) Hamden of Milane, Mich. and Penny Hamden of Adrian; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were held June 30, 2017, from Poplar Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Matt Brown officiating. Burial followed in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Visitation was held June 30 at the church.
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Howard E. Hanks

Mr. Howard E. Hanks, 79, passed away on Mon., July 3, 2017, in Pensacola, Fla.

He was a native and lived most of his life in Bratt, Fla., except the 20 years of military service. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of service and Exxon Mobil with 20 years of service. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his church, country and golfing. He was a member of the Bratt First Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnie and Sally Hanks; four brothers, Arthur, Horace, Sylvester and Leonard; and a sister, Audie Bolerjack.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Myrle Harris Hanks of Bratt; one son, Mark (Delyn) Hanks of Pace, Fla.; two daughters, Donna (Wayne) Gunn of Bratt and Pam (Michael) Mullen of Pensacola, Fla.; one beloved brother in law, Jim Bolerjack; four grandchildren, Ryan and Taylor Hanks, Haley and Kaitlyn Gunn; one great-grandchild, Aryan Strehl; and a host of family members.

Funeral services were held at July 7, 2017, from the Bratt First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Hawsey, the Rev. Jr. Hanks and the Rev. Jesse Woods officiating.

Burial followed at Barrancas National Cemetery with full military honors.

Visitation was held July 6, 2017, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Danny Bolerjack, Terry Harris, Steve Hanks, Rick Amerson, Wade Harris, Mark Harris, Todd Harris and Ryan Hanks.

Honorary pallbearers were the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class.

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


Lt. Col. James Patrick Kizer

Lt. Col., United States Marine Corps. (retired) James Patrick Kizer, 82, of Atmore, died Tues., July 4, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola, Fla.

Kizer was born in Monroeville on Sept. 20, 1934, to the late Ruby Lee McCawley Kizer and James Henry Kizer. The family moved from Monroeville to Atmore when he was a child. The family remained in Atmore and Jim attended elementary and high school in Atmore. He is a graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and later earned a master’s degree from Faulkner University.

On Sept. 26, 1955, Kizer began his career in the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant and, following graduation from officer candidate school in Quantico, Va., in January 1956, he entered flight school at NAS Pensacola.

Kizer’s service in the Marines included numerous duty stations and assignments. Most notably, In April, 1962, Capt. Kizer served in the first Marine squadron, HMM-362, deployed to Soc Trang Airbase, in Vietnam. In April 1975, Kizer was the commanding officer of HMM-165, where he and his squadron developed the plan to evacuate Saigon and commanded the aircraft during the evacuation.

Kizer served as a Marine aviator for 23 years, retiring in August 1978. His distinguished career included many awards for service and gallantry, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Marine Corps Air medal with 32 awards, Navy Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Kizer was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Stephany McGonnell Kizer.

Survivors include two sons, James P. Kizer Jr. and wife, Beth, of Navarre, Fla. and Steven J. Kizer and wife, Michelle of Gulf Shores; one daughter, Stephany M. Peterson and husband, David, of Perdido Key, Fla.; four grandsons, James Garrett Kizer, Patrick Casey Byers, Bradley Joseph Byers and Spencer Joseph Kizer.

Rite of Christian Burial was held July 7, 2017, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home with Father Milsted officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery. Family received friends at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

The family request in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either St. Jude’s Children Research Center, P.O. Box 1999 Memphis, Tenn., 38101 or to the Wounded Warrior Project

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


Jody Gareth Gulsby

Mr. Jody Gareth Gulsby, 37, of Uriah, passed away on Fri., June 23, 2017, at his home.

He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He worked with Michael’s Stores Inc. as a custom floral specialist. While working with Michael’s, he traveled worldwide, conducting training academies and was instrumental in developing a line of pre-made custom floral designs. He set a national sales record with this company in 2008 and began traveling to stores that were underperforming to help them return to peak sales. He also worked with numerous civic organizations. He was crowned Miss Apollo in 2010 by the Mystic Krewe of Apollo in Birmingham and spent numerous hours raising funds for the Birmingham AIDS Outreach.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John L. “Doodle” Gulsby; his uncle, Dale Gulsby; and his aunt, Carol Gulsby.
Survivors include his mother, Vickie Gulsby Pridemore and husband, Jason of Uriah; his maternal grandmother, Evie Gulsby of Uriah; step-grandparents, Stanley and Marcella Pridemore of Mooresville, Ind.; his brother, Billy Pridemore of Uriah; his sister, Madisyn Pridemore of Mooresville; his aunt, Jennifer Morris and husband, Kevin of Uriah; cousins, J.B. Gulsby and wife, Vicki of Uriah, Nicky Wall of Uriah and Ryan Bowen of Auburn; the Gulsby Gaggle, Noel, Alex, Hayden, Haley, Heather and Kaden Dale; best friends, Brandon, Angel and Corey; and his faithful companion, Gracie.
A Celebration of Life Service was held June 29 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you share on the memorial website,
Please share your condolences online by signing Mr. Gulsby’s guestbook at


John Henry Bullard

Mr. John Henry Bullard, 74, of Atmore, answered the Master’s Call on Wed., June 28, 2017, at Providence Hospital in Mobile.

A native of Atmore, he worked in construction until he retired. He was baptized and had been a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Theodore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James B. Bullard and Clara Bell Bullard; three sisters, Emily Montgomery, Rosa Mitchell and Helen Cook; two brothers, Lee Bullard and Carl Bullard.

Those who are left to embrace his life with loving memories are his children, Wanda Bullard, John Henry Bullard Jr. and Lachandra Bullard, all of Theodore; three sisters, Mary Dailey and Clara Young, both of Atmore, and Minnie Evans of Birmingham; two brothers, James Bullard Jr. and Eddie (Lula) Bullard of Atmore; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend, Pearlie Hall of Atmore; three brothers in law, George Montgomery, Larry Mitchell and Michael Cook; and mother of his children, Lola Mae (Joseph) Casher of Theodore.

Funeral services were held July 8 from New Generation Missionary Baptist Church of Atmore with the Rev. Donnell Young, pastor, officiating. Inhumation was in Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


John Stephen King

John Stephen King, 76, a resident of Atmore, died Wed., July 5, 2017.

He was born in and grew up in Grant’s Quarry, near Sylacauga, where the family-owned business, The Alabama Marble Co., quarried and finished the world’s finest quality white marble.

He was a graduate of St. Bernard College in Cullman, where he met lifelong friends and benefited from the guidance of the monks and priests who taught him.

His career was in medical equipment sales, based in Hattiesburg, Miss. during a time when surgically implanted orthopedic and cardiac devices began to be more available. His outgoing personality suited him for his profession. He never met a stranger and you could always hear him say, “Hello, I’m John King!”

He later worked in the groundbreaking bio remediation industry, educating customers and marketing this new technology in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. He prided himself on staying healthy and physically fit and was an avid exercise enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Mitchell King, and Marjorie Van Winkle King; his brother, Henry Mitchell Jr.; and his sister, Marjorie “Jerre” King Cleveland.

He is survived by his wife, Gaye Davis King of Atmore; daughters, Antonia “Toni” King Baria and Marjorie King Jones of Spanish Fort; stepsons, Jonathon (January) Taylor and Justin Taylor; his grandchildren, Shellee, Lee, Rhian, Crew, John, Noah, Stephen and Aaron; great-grandchildren, Liam, Jonathan Jr., Selby-Marie, Henry and William; sister in law, Patricia Tanna King of Fairhope; brother in law, H. B. Cleveland of Magnolia Springs; his nieces, Florence King (Rick) Rose, Harriet King (Fritz) Ingraham and Catherine King; and many other family members and friends.

He was blessed with many friends with whom he kept in touch throughout his life. He will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at a future time to be announced at Memorial Cemetery in Sylacauga. Officiating will be the Rev. Siobhan Singareddy, pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church in Sylacauga.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Mr. King’s memory be made to: St. Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman. Expressions of condolence may be offered at

Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


Murray D. Hadley

Mr. Murray D. Hadley, 80, passed away on Fri., June 30, 2017, in Houston, Texas.

He was a native of Perdido, born on Nov. 13, 1936, to the late Richard and Vera Stewart Hadley.

He was a retired pipe fitter and a member of Pipe Fitters Local Union No. 211 after 50-plus years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathleen Hadley; one sister, Glenda Faye Wiggins; and two brothers, Ernest H. Hadley and Richard S. Hadley.

He is survived by one daughter, Linda Faye (Lee) Hiebert of Atmore; two grandchildren,

Cheyanne and Kyanne Hadley; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Mark A. Hadley of Houston, Texas, Winnie Bell (Jr.) Heathcock, Velma E. (Dallas) Sessions and Ruby M. Long, all of Bay Minette; a special cousin, Winston (Trudy) Hadley; several nieces and nephews; and a lot of relatives and friends he loved dearly.

Services were held July 8 from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wendell Hadley and Sis. Helen Stewart officiating. Interment followed in Bryars-McGill Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers were Waylon Lambeth, Wyatt Lambeth, Joe Hadley, Ronnie Hadley, Virgil Hadley, Bobby Lee and Steven Robbinson.

Family received friends July 7, 2017, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from

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


Paul N. Crenshaw

Paul N. Crenshaw, 73, of Atmore, passed away on Wed., July 5, 2017, in Mobile.

He was co-owner with his wife of Paul Crenshaw Machine Shop in Bay Minette, born in Bay Minette on June 2, 1944, to the late Edward James and Bessie Wilson Crenshaw. He

served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and served in the Army National Guard.

He was a member of St. Roberts Bellarmine Catholic church.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Brigitte G. Crenshaw of Atmore; two sons, Martin (Sandra)

Crenshaw of Robertsdale and Benjamin Crenshaw of Atmore; five brothers, James Crenshaw of Jay, Fla., Jerry Crenshaw of Perdido, Larry Crenshaw, Tim Crenshaw and Richard Crenshaw all of Bay Minette; one grandchild, Sylvestor Crenshaw; and one great-grandchild, Lannie Crenshaw.

Services were held on July 10, 2017, from the St. Roberts Bellarmine Catholic Church, with Father Gordon Milstead officiating. Interment followed in Serenity Gardens with full Military Honors.

Active pallbearers were Marvin Crenshaw, Jeff Crenshaw, William Taylor, Tim Battles, John Schaloux and Diddo Gorme.

Family received friends at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home on July 10.

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


Ricky Rio German

Mr. Ricky Rio German, 55, of Atmore (Freemanville Community) fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on Mon., July 3, 2017, at Atmore Nursing Care Center.

A native of Wilcox Co. (Camden), he lived in Atmore for most of his life. He was a graduate of Escambia County High School in 1979 and had attended Delaware State University in Dover, Del. He was self employed as a mobile home repairman. He had been a member of Deliverance Ministry No. 1 in Atmore, where was a member of the choir. In his leisure, Ricky enjoyed fishing, basketball and football, in which he was an Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Raynard German; his step-father, Jimmy Adams; and his grandparents.

Those left to cherish loving memories of his life are his daughter, Shenika L. German of Yellow Bluff; his son, Rio Raynard (Brandie) German of Lakeland, Fla.; his mother, Dixie Hunt Adams of Atmore; his father, Tommy L. German of San Francisco, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wed., July 12, 2017, from Mt. Gillead Baptist Church (Freemanville Community) with the Rev. Kevin Bufford officiating with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Robert Glenn Thrower

Mr. Robert Glenn Thrower Jr., 55, passed away on Tues., July 4, 2017, in Dixie.

He was a resident of Walnut Hill, Fla. and a resident of Atmore for most of his life. He was a 1979 graduate of Earnest Ward High School and a member of the Poarch Creek Indians. He was employed with the Poarch Creek Indians for 25 years, where he served as a Tribal historic preservation officer for 14 years. He had a deep and abiding love for his tribe and a true commitment to preserving their culture and history. He followed in the footsteps of his mother, the Poarch Creek Indians’ first tribal historian, and was respected throughout Indian Country for his knowledge of Indian culture, history and religious tradition.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Gail Thrower.

He is survived by his wife, Dana Thrower of Dixie; four daughters, Rachel Thrower of New Orleans, La., Cheryl Thrower (Joey) of New York City, N.Y., Sehoy Thrower of Walnut Hill and Caymond Hodge of Dixie; one son, Ozzy Meadows of Dixie; his father, Robert “Glenn” Thrower Sr. of Walnut Hill; and one sister, Lori Sawyer (Thomas) of Walnut Hill.

Funeral services were held July 8, 2017 from the Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Gafford officiating.

Visitation was held July 8 at the Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Home

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

William Cleo Hudson, 91, of Bay Minette, passed away on Thurs., June 20, 2017, at his residence.

He was a mechanic with Conitell Volkswagon of Mobile for 38 years, born in Uniontown, Miss. on Aug. 20, 1925 to the late William Sylvestor and Christina Cooley Hudson. He was a born again Christian for over 42 years and a member of New Testament for 15 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Billie Blake Hudson; and the mother of his children, Julia Ann Hudson; a son, Samuel Lee Hudson Sr.; and 11 siblings.

Survivors are four sons, William G. “Billy” Hudson of Panama City, Fla., Alfred Hudson, Carl Hudson and Phillip Hudson, all of Mobile; three daughters, Melinda (Kenneth) Harbison of Bay Minette, Carole (Robin) Hensell of Elberta and Martha Jumper of Daphne; one brother, Millard (Layonie) Hudson of Sarasota, Fla.; one sister, Lauramae Peirce of Leaksville, Miss.;12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services were held July 5, 2017, from New Testament Church with Bro. Bubba Rolin and Bro. Tony Schacle officiating. Interment followed in Dean Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Johnny Combs, Bradley Jumper, Matthieu Hensell, Shannon Hudson,

Lee Hudson and Clifford “Stoney” Shivers.

Family received friends July 5 at New Testament Church.

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