Obituaries for Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Published 6:51 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Olivette Williams

Olivette Williams, resident of Atmore (Freemanville Community), 73, passed on Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, at her home.

Family will receive friends this Fri., Oct. 27, from 5-7 p.m. at Christian Memorial Funeral Home.

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Funeral services will be held this Sat., Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Christian Memorial is directing the funeral.


Torrey T. McNabb

Funeral services for Mr. Torrey T. McNabb, 40, of Montgomery, will be announced by Turner Funeral Chapel LLC.

Mr. McNabb passed away on Thurs., Oct. 19, 2017, in Atmore.


Dennis Odom

Mr. Dennis Odom, 50, of Flomaton, fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.

A native of Century, Fla., he was a graduate of Flomaton High School and he worked in construction.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Odom of Macon, N.C.; two daughters, Stephanie Odom of Jacksonville, Fla. and Denise Odom of Macon; one son, Dennis Odom of Macon; his mother, Hattie Mae Odom-Lett and step-father, Cecil Lett Sr. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three sisters, Katherine (William) Pinkney of Queens, N.Y., Kenya (Robert) English of Century and Candice (Eric) Moliere of Brooklyn; one brother, Jerry Odom of Flomaton; one grandson; two step-brothers, Cecil Lett Jr. and Kelvin Lett; two step-sisters, Gloria Lett and Connie Lett; nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

A funeral service was held Oct. 21, 2017 at Damascus Baptist Church-Flomaton with the Rev. Henry Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Inhumation was in Fannie-Damascus Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Susan Marie Moore

Ms. Susan Marie Moore, 63, of Atmore, went home to be with the Lord as a result of an automobile accident on Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, in Atmore.

A native of Atmore, Susan had lived in Virginia and Florida. She enjoyed cooking and talking with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius Rothchild and John Beverly; and several siblings.

Those left to cherish memories of her life are her daughter, Katrena Moore of Norfolk, Va.; her son, Demerice Moore of North Carolina; two sisters, Velma Alice Dailey of Atmore and Laura Rollins of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one brother, James Moore of Atmore; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

A funeral service was held Oct. 21 at Longmire-Jones Memorial Chapel of Turner Funeral Chapel with Chief Apostle Carolyn Banks officiating and Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Erma Estelle Higdon

Mrs. Erma Estelle Higdon, 89, passed away on Thurs., October 19, 2017, in Montevallo.

Mrs. Higdon was a native of Bratt, Fla. and has resided in Atmore most of her life. She was a member of the True Hope Fellowship. She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Celia Dockens; and husband, Bryan Higdon.

She is survived by her two daughters, Emily and Jim Allen of London, Ky. and Marty and Jack Beeman of Montevallo; five grandchildren, Heather, Jacob, Michael, Caleb and Kelly; and 10 great-grandchildren, Rylee, Reese, Rowan, Georgia, Hadley, Emma, Max, Drew, Shontel and Josh.

Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Coburn and Bro. Jimmy Dukes officiating.

Burial followed at the Judson Baptist Cemetery.

Visitation was Oct. 24 the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jody Hardy, Billy Hardy, Jake Beeman, Michael Beeman, Caleb Beeman and Terry Reeves.

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


Marilyn Stewart Anderson

Mrs. Marilyn Stewart Anderson, 71, passed away on Thurs., Oct. 19, 2017, in Rabun.

Mrs. Anderson was a native and resident of Rabun. She was a member of the Fretwell Tabernacle Holiness Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Sadie Stewart; son, James “Trey” Long III; brother, Billy Stewart; sister, Betty Allen; and step-daughter, Shelly Thead.

She is survived by her two daughters, Teresa and Chris Vanderkooi of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Connie Long of Rabun; one step-daughter, Shelia and Lee McGuire of Tyler, Texas; three brothers, Burk and Lucille Stewart of Rabun, Jerry and Carolyn Stewart of Rabun, and Rocky and Shelia Stewart of Rabun; six sisters, Barbara and Rayford Hadley of Pine Grove, Sherry Jean Ryan of Pine Grove, Joal Linette Thomas of Rabun, Margie and Steve Doyle of Crossroads, Janice and Alonzo Sims of Rabun and Shelia and Bryan Foster of Rabun; four grandchildren, Briannia, Jett, Josh and Alex; five step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild, Harper; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Sis. Helen Stewart officiating.

Burial followed at the Dean Cemetery.

Visitation was Oct. 23 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kory Doyle, Derek Doyle, Lonnie Sims, Garrett Franklin, Shane Stewart and Kyle Presley.

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


Lois Susan Graybill Dagen

Lois Susan Graybill Dagen, 94, died on Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, at her residence in Landis Homes, Lititz, Penn. Her husband, Paul Lefever Dagen, passed away in 2015. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 17, 2015.

Lois was born in West Earl Township on Oct. 20, 1922. Her parents were the late Henry Benner Graybill and Lena Musselman Martin Graybill.

She was a graduate of the former West Lampeter High School, class of 1941. She was a member of New Providence Mennonite Church.

Lois moved with her husband, Paul, and four small children from Lancaster County to Harrisonburg, Va. in 1955 so Paul could attend Eastern Mennonite University. Then, in 1958, they moved to Atmore, where they lived for 30 years. Lois actively assisted her husband with church planting and the development of voluntary service units in the Alabama and northwest Florida district of the Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church as part of the home mission efforts of Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions.

After moving to Willow Street, Penn. in 1988, Lois enjoyed volunteering at the Columbia Re-u-zit Shop and, in more recent years, at Landis Homes Retirement Community. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker and being the mother of her five children. Many miles were traveled to church related functions and to visit family and friends through the years, including multiple trips to Honduras. Pastime activities included reading, word games and puzzles.

Lois is survived by her five children; Wilmer, husband of Miriam King-Dagen of Westover, My., Rose, wife of Rich Frank of Waynesboro, Penn., Dan, husband of Kerri Arnall of Joplin, Mo., James of Houston, Texas and Eunice, wife of Tim Beachy of Bremerton, Wash.; six grandchildren, Sam, Henry, Rob, Ric, Abbey and Logan; and four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Nicolas.

Also surviving are Lois’ siblings, Jacob Graybill, husband of Janet, Orpha Harnish, Eunice, wife of Jesse Enck and Marie, wife of Levi Hoover; along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Paul, and her parents, Lois was preceded in death by one sister, Mary; and five brothers, Mervin, Paul, Arthur, Noah and Omar.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend the memorial service on Oct. 21, in the West Bethany Chapel at the Landis Homes Community, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz followed by visitation with family. A was served following the memorial service in the Landis Homes Harvest Room.

Interment at the New Providence Mennonite cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Landis Homes Caring Fund or the Dagen Endowment Fund for Leadership Training by check payable to Gulf Coast District and mailed to 212 14th Avenue, Atmore, AL 36502, with Dagen Endowment in memo line.


Wiley Charles McCoy

Mr. Wiley Charles McCoy (McCorvey), 78, of Atmore, answered the Master’s Call on Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, at Allen Health and Rehab Service in Mobile.

A native of Atmore, McCoy was a graduate of Escambia County Training School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army and then attended Atmore Technical College, where he studied auto mechanics. In his leisure, he enjoyed playing chess and checkers.

Those left to cherish memories of his life are two daughters, Debora Watkins Fore of Gardena, Calif. and Qwinsenta Willis of Atmore; one Charles (Yane) Willis of Montgomery; three sisters, Doris J. Hawthorne of Oklahoma City, OK, Maxine Reed of Crossville, Tenn. and Angela Mitchell of Mobile; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.

Funeral service was held Oct. 14 at Longmire-Jones Memorial Chapel of Turner Funeral Chapel with Min. Brian Willis officiating. Inhumation with Military Honors was in Stallworth Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Barnetta Rabb Williams

Mrs. Barnetta Rabb Williams, 109, of Philadelphia, Penn., formerly of Atmore, caught her heaven bound train on Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, at the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse in Philadelphia.

Born on Oct. 20, 1907, in Monroe County, Mrs. Williams had lived in Atmore for over 70 years. She was a homemaker and was the oldest member of Gaines Chapel AME Church, where she was on the Steward Board.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Williams; her son, David Williams; her parents; and siblings.

She is survived by her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.

Funeral service was held Oct. 15 at Gaines Chapel AME Church with Rev. Amos Smith, pastor, officiating. Retirement of her remains was in Pierce Rabb Cemetery (Freemanville Community) with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Henry Bernard Williams

Mr. Henry Bernard Williams, 55, of Walnut Hill, Fla., fell asleep in the arms of Jesus at his home on Thurs., Oct. 5, 2017.

A native of Walnut Hill, He was a graduate of Ernest Ward High School in 1981 and had served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by one daughter, Tiffany Williams of San Bernardino, Calif.; one son, Tyrone Williams of San Bernardino; his parents, Alfred and Annette Williams of Walnut Hill; one sister, Jennifer (Anterio) Williams-Minor of Walnut Hill; three brothers, Alfred (Veda) Williams, LeDell (Bessie) Williams and Anthony Williams, all of Walnut Hill; and six grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Oct. 13 at The House of Prayer – Walnut Hill with Pastor Danny Fountain officiating. Public viewing was held at the funeral home with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.