Obituaries for Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Published 7:17 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Johnnie Wilson Davis

Johnnie Wilson Davis, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Grand Bay on Mon., Oct. 9, 2017.

Johnnie was born on Sept. 5, 1934 in Davisville, Fla., to the late Homer J. and Nellie Dove Davis. He was married to Gladys Smith Davis for almost 40 years. He lived in Cantonment, Fla. and was a member of the First Baptist Church, prior to moving to Grand Bay.

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Johnnie was the payroll supervisor for St. Regis/Champion Paper Co., and retired with over 39 years of service. He was a willing employee that took pride in his work and made sure the job got done. He was a member of the Cantonment Volunteer Fire Department. Johnnie served in many capacities with Harvesters Federal Credit Union and Central Credit Union of Florida in the Tri-County Area, even after he retired. He was an avid fisherman and an expert at sculling a boat and fly-fishing.

He loved his family and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, three sisters and his loving mother-in-law Daisy Bray, who he dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Smith Davis of Grand Bay; four daughters, Denise (Ed) Tisdale of Pace, Fla., Donna (Andy) Helms Thomason of Pensacola, Fla., Jeanie (Charlie) Tolbert of Grand Bay and Janet (Monte) Necaise of Harlston, Mississippi; and an adopted daughter, Debbie (Harry) Turner of Theodore; as well as two brothers, Bobbie Davis of Stockton and Jimmie (Sharon) Davis of Davisville; his sister, Eleanor (Tete) Stabler, of Greenville; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were his grandsons, Kyle Jernigan, Billy Helms, Mike Bradley, Jonathan Tisdale, Eric Raley, Daniel Necaise and Casey Necaise.

Visitation was held Oct. 12, 2017 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel in Atmore.

Funeral services were held Oct. 12 from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harry Turner serving as officiate. Burial will follow at Pine Barren Baptist Church Cemetery in Davisville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grand Bay Library, P.O. Box 274, Grand Bay, AL 36541.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Martha Mae Amos Carpenter

Martha Mae Amos Carpenter, 75, of Oak Grove, Fla., passed away on Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, at her residence. She was a licensed practical nurse and she also had worked as a substitute teacher at Ernest Ward School. She was born in Oak Grove on July 18, 1942, to the late Russell and Grace Dunaway Amos.

She was a member, organist and Sunday School Teacher at Oak Grove Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Grace Amos Smith and JoAnn Amos Sanders.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, George V. Carpenter of Oak Grove; one son, George “Pete”

(Cathie) Carpenter Jr. of Okeechobee, Fla.; one daughter, Martha Kaye (Chris) Terry of Atmore; and grandchildren, Nolan, Cole, Caitlyn, Grace, Elizabeth, John, Jorge “J.W.”

Services were held Oct. 17 from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Butch Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Chris Terry, Jerry Shepherd, Shannon Peavy, Billy Darby, Steve Pugh and Ellis Mason.

Family received friends Oct. 17 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Alma Inez Robinson Prestwood Davis

Mrs. Alma Inez Robinson Prestwood Davis, of Pensacola, Fla., went to be with her Lord on Oct. 10, 2017, after a full and rich 95 years in this life with her family.

Inez was born on May 3, 1922, in Goodway, to Elophus Walter and Alma Castillow Robinson, and she was the second-oldest daughter of nine children.

She was a longtime resident of McCullough and Atmore, and she enjoyed her final 18 years in Pensacola, in the home of her daughter and son in law, Marcia and Charles Thompson.

First as Mrs. Prestwood and later as Mrs. Davis, Inez devoted her life, with love, to her family. She wore many hats with grace and beauty. She was gifted with an extraordinary ability to gather her family for occasions both happy and sad, and bringing them together brought her great joy. She opened her home and heart constantly. She never gathered her family without preparing a feast, which nourished bodies and souls alike.

She supported her family with a multitude of professional talents, working as a banker, merchant, farmer, cotton ginner and bookkeeper at different points in her life, and she treasured these talents (even subscribing to farming magazines until her death).

She worked hard, smart and often, and she taught her children and grandchildren the great value of good work done with a great attitude. She simultaneously modeled the importance of both knowing one’s roots and broadening one’s horizons – she read often and traveled when her life called upon her to do so.

Her life’s experiences cultivated a natural wisdom and strength of spirit, which she shared generously. She was always composed and totally unflappable, regardless whether the challenge was a bank robber with a gun or a toaster an unwitting grandchild inadvertently exploded. She had endless stories of wit, encouragement and laughter. She used all of her gifts every day, to the great benefit of those around her.

Inez was preceded in death by husband, Terry Prestwood; her brothers, Andrew Leonard Robinson, Walter Robinson, Raymond Ernest Robinson and Kenneth Robinson; and her sisters, Annie Lou (Robinson) Prestwood, Agnes Vernelle (Robinson) Lee and Bernice (Robinson) Fell.

She is survived by sons, Lewis George Prestwood and Oris Earl Davis Jr. (Monica); daughters, Judith Prestwood Lorenz, Sylvia Prestwood Bellot (Jim), Marcia Prestwood Thompson, Sandra Prestwood Wood and Jennifer Prestwood Manasco (Mike); 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. She was a loving aunt to a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the McCullough Cemetery in memory of Inez Prestwood Davis. The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all NurseSpring staff, particularly caregivers Pauline Drakeford and Terrie Dukes and all Emerald Coast Hospice staff, for their excellent care in recent years.

Inez attributed her many blessings to her maker, and as the time approached for her to meet Him she said with great peace and comfort that she was ready for the occasion. Her family and friends gathered to celebrate her life and that joyous meeting at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Atmore on Oct. 14, with burial to immediately follow the service at McCullough Cemetery, in McCullough.

The family received visitors prior to the funeral service at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Mrs. Davis’ grandchildren.