Obituaries for Wed., July 19, 2017

Published 5:06 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Carolyn Jeanette Coleman Odom

Carolyn Jeanette Coleman Odom passed away at home on July 13, 2017, in Bay Minette surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

She was a housewife and loving mother and grandmother. She was loved and respected by all who knew her.

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She was a member of Healing Waters Church in Bay Minette and the Atmore Memorial VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, cross stitching, embroidering, sewing and other similar crafts. She was an Auburn fan and has changed the password to the streets of gold to War Eagle.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe Henry and Evie Grissett Coleman; her husband of 66 years, James B. “Jim” Odom; one son, Joseph Wayne Odom; two son in laws; one grandson; and two great-granddaughters.

She is survived by her sister, Joyce Coleman Dease of Barnett Crossroads; brother, Jerry Coleman of Barnett Crossroads; her children, Claude Odom and Gayle Johnson, both of Atmore, Eddie and Faye Odom of Nokomis, Fla.; Tommy and Voncile Odom of East Brewton; Jackey and Sheila Odom of Nokomis, Fla.; Johnny and Sandra Odom of Bay Minette, Carolyn and Gary Posey of Flomaton, Donald and Charlene Odom of Barnett Crossroads, Arthur Odom of Orange Beach, Isabell Odom of Flomaton, Jerry and Tangie Odom of Eclectic, and Joyce and Debbie Fisher of Dell Rio, Texas; Jenny Hutto of Bay Minette and Linda Odom of Gulf Shores; 32 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 17, 2017, from the Liberty Baptist Church in Pineview with Bro. Tony Richburg and Bro. Joey Clark officiating. Burial followed in Pineview Cemetery. She was laid to rest next to her beloved husband Jim and her son Joe.

Active pallbearers were her grandsons and honorary pallbearers were her great-granddaughters.

Pallbearers wore patriotic ribbons in honor or memory of veterans in her family, which includes her late husband, three sons, a grandson, nephew, uncles and cousins.

Visitation was held July 16 from Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Druie Mae Minchew Wilson

Mrs. Druie Mae Minchew Wilson, 89, passed away on Sat., July 15, 2017, in Bay Minette.

She was a native of Mexia and a resident of Atmore for the past 25 years. She was retired from Vanity Fair with 28 years of service and nursed at various nursing homes in Baldwin County. She was of the Freewill Baptist Faith.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Wilson; and a son, Tommy Leon Wilson.

She is survived by her two sons, Johnny Dwight Wilson of Bay Minette and Stephen Ray Wilson of Lewisville, Ark.; one sister, Nicie Lee Minchew of Marlow; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 18 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Burley officiating.

Burial followed at the Hollingsworth Cemetery.

Visitation was held July 17 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Cody Wilson, Evan Wilson, Tristan Forbes, Johnny Malonise, Alyssa Forbes and Alexis Wilson.

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


Edward Thomas “Tommie” Weaver

Edward Thomas “Tommie” Weaver, 90, of Daphne, passed away on Sat., July 8, 2017, in Fairhope.

He was born on March 14, 1927, in Purdue Hill to the late R.B. “Winston” and Minnie Brantley Weaver. He attended Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. A special thanks goes to Volunteers of America.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Walter Scott Weaver; sister, Alice Ruth Weaver; and two nephews, James Williams III and Steven Quinley.

Survivors are two sisters, Brunette Williams and Bonnie Gilda Quinley, both of Pensacola, Fla.; one nephew, Winston Scott (Arlene) Weaver of Madison; and three nieces, Whitney Danielle (John) Roden of Madison, Caitlin  Weaver (David) Luna and Hannah Weaver.

Services were held on July 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ross Reddick and Bro. Mike Nikolakis officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Family received friends July 16  at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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

Margaret Mack

Mrs. Margaret Mack, 84, passed away on Thurs., July 13, 2017, in Kalona, Iowa.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the First Baptist Church of Pensacola. She was a retired beautician serving the Atmore area for 46 years and attended the Fairview Mennonite Church of Kalona. She was married to the late Ennis Mack.

She is survived by one son, Brooks (Karma) Mack of Kalona; one brother in law, Hoyt Mack of Mobile; one sister in law, Faye (Ben) Manning of Mobile; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held July 17 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Burial followed the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held July 17 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

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


Nia Cemone Wiggins

Miss Nia Cemone Wiggins, 17, of Atmore, fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on Sun., July 9, 2017.

A native of Escambia County, she was a gifted young lady. She loved children, enjoyed doing hair and nails and making jewelry for loved ones. She attended Escambia County High School and had an ambition of becoming a fashion designer. Her favorite color was red and she loved dolphins.

Her life will forever live in the memories of her mother and step-father, Tamara (Eddie) Gray-Montgomery of Atmore; her father, Artemus L. Wiggins of Atmore; three brothers, Imani Gray, Artemus Wiggins Jr. and Dimitri Wiggins, all of Atmore; one sister, Matkita (Jamoris) Curry of Atmore; her grandparents, Wayne and Sandra Gray of Atmore, Glenda Wiggins Roberts of Atmore and Willie Bynum Jr. of Atmore; her great-grandmother, Dorothy Brazzell of Atmore; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Celebration of life services were held July 16 from Grace Fellowship Church in Atmore with Bishop Bernard Bishop as eulogist. Inhumation was held in Stallworth Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


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 July 10 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 Ditto Gorme.

Family received friends at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home on July 10, 2017.

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


Vernon Peters

Vernon (Vern) Peters was born to Francis and Anna Mininger Peters on July 17, 1929, at home in the rural area near Ithaca, Mich. He was the first of seven children in the family. He departed this life on July 12, 2017, in Atmore Nursing Center, reaching the age of nearly 88 years.

His death was the result of complications related to old age.

He received his formal education in the rural Smith Allen School in Gratiot County, Mich.

At   an early age, being energetic, he left   home   and worked   for area farmers. His interest   was to be independent   and self- employed, later   buying   a   gas station in Alma, Mich.

On July 20, 1949, he married our mother, Dolores Ruth Detwiler.

In December of 1953, he with our mother and children, moved to Walnut Hill, Fla. It was here they began to attend the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. During the winter revival, they felt the call of God and surrendered their lives to the Lord and were baptized on Jan. 22, 1954, by Min. Harry Wenger. The faith and church were precious to him and he embraced them to the end. He was very studious in the Bible and church doctrines and took a very active part in Sunday School. Many called him for interpretation of scriptures.

Vern tried different occupations to support his family such as poultry and farming. Finally, he started a machine shop. This turned out to be a very successful business. He was in this business over thirty years and it also provided work and education for his sons. This business was known as Vernz Fabrication and Welding.

Upon retirement, dad and mom started the Apple House and Bakery. He built his own cider press and grinding mill. Many people from far and near enjoyed his fresh apple cider and their home baked goods. On April 7, 2010, his wife, Dolores, passed away, leaving him very lonely. He lived in his own house until the last months when his physical condition required more nursing skill. He appreciated the care given him and often thanked the nurses.

He loved his family and friends, often interceding for their salvation. He also reached out to those carrying a burden.

Those left to cherish fond memories are three sons and one daughter, Larry Bill and wife, Wanda, of Wrens, Ga., Deborah and husband, Jon Litwiller of Middleton, Mich., Randy and wife, Cyndi Peters of Nyssa, Oregon, and Erich Peters of Walnut Hill; our sister, Lorinda Lumbert, who joined our family in 1996; two brothers and four sisters, Wilbert and Imo Peters of Walnut Hill; Beatrice Riggs of Moundridge, Kan., Verle and Vesta Peters of Walnut Hill; Louise and Abe Ensz of Hillsboro, Kan.; Lois and Willie Eicher of Walnut Hill and Kathleen and John Wenger of Walnut Hill. Additionally, there are 16 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; two brothers and four sisters; and a host of friends and acquaintances.

Preceding him in death are his wife Dolores and one daughter in law.

Funeral services were held July 16, 2017, at the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church with the Rev. Doug Salsbury, the Rev. Galen Harms and the Rev. Maynard Peters officiating. Burial followed in Walnut Hill Memorial Gardens.

Visitation was held July 15 from the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Murray D. Hadley

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.


Ward Stewart Eicher

Just before midnight at Oakwood Manor, on July 9, 2017, God graciously took my husband, our father and grandfather, Ward Stewart Eicher, home to be with Him.

Eicher was born Aug. 24, 1923, to Leland Herald and Hannah Johnson Eicher on Aug. 24, 1923 at home in Ithaca, Mich. He was the second child in a family of 10 children. At the age of 16, Ward answered the call of God and was baptized at the Senora Hall in Summerdale by Minister Harry Wenger. These vows meant much to him and he was faithful to them to the end. Ward went to 1W Service at the age of 21.

He served with the forestry department in Fort Collins, Colo. and Sequoia National Park,

Calif. These years held special memories for him.

On Feb. 23, 1947, Ward married Dolly May Holdeman, at the Senora Hall in Summerdale. They enjoyed 70 wonderful years together. In 1949, they moved to the new congregation in Walnut Hill, Fla. Here they built up their dairy farm with hard work and muscle. Ward and Dolly welcomed two sons and four daughters to their home. He was a loving father and husband. We as children remember our Dad as a spiritual father with a very positive outlook on life. He was a good provider and a hard worker. Singing was an important part of his life. He was a song leader for much of his life and taught us to love music too. His prayers were a meaningful part of his life and were an inspiration to all of us.

In July 1973, we as a family lost our youngest son and brother, Glenn Allen, age 8, in a tragic farm accident. It was a heart-breaking time for us and we all look forward to meeting him in heaven.

During the 1990s, Ward and Dolly spent time in voluntary service in New York City, Gallup, N.M.; Homestead, Fla.; Albany, Ga. and Albuquerque, N.M. They have many good memories of these times and learned to love the many young people that gave their time in service.

In their later years of life, Aug. 2010, Ward and Dolly built a cottage at Oakwood Manor.

They enjoyed the past seven years in this close-knit community of Brooksville, Miss. They gratefully benefited from the loving care and the positive environment of the manor.

Missing him are his loving wife, Dolly; one son, Greg and wife, Rita, of Fountain Run, Ky.; four daughters, Vicki and husband Greg Benner of Newbern; June and husband, Gale Unruh of Fountain Run; Rosalie and husband, Galen Schmidt of Walnut Hill, Fla.; Andrea and husband, Galen Harms of Century, Fla.; and a Gallup daughter who became a part of our family, Lana, and husband, Amos Yost of Montezuma, Kan.; 18 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eunice Smith of Oakwood Manor; Imo and Wilbert Peters, and Althea Dyck, all of Walnut Hill; three brothers, Willie and Lois Eicher, Wallace and Judy Eicher, Wendell and Mary Eicher, all of Walnut Hill; one sister in law, Wanetta and Mel Huxman, of Moundridge, Kan., and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Ward was preceded in death by one son, parents, parents in law, two sisters, one brother, five brothers in law and three sisters-in-law.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the outpouring of love and support they have received from the many friends and caregivers at Oakwood Manor.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.