Obituaries for Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Published 9:01 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Betty Jean Dannelly Dean

Mrs. Betty Jean Dannelly Dean, 85, passed away after an extended illness on Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, at home with her family around her.

She was a longtime resident of Lottie. She was born Dec. 8, 1931, in McCullough. She was one of eight children of Hardy Lee Dannelley and Mary Maranda “Mae” Bowman Dannelley, all of whom preceded her in death. In addition, she was preceded in death by five step-siblings and was the step-daughter of Julia Inez Lindsey Dannelley.

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Betty was married for 63 years to Charles Albert Dean of Lottie who preceded her in death in 2013. She and Albert are survived by their four daughters, two sons in law, four grandchildren and two grandchildren in law: Gwen Dean Myers (Scott) of Beaufort, S.C., Mary Kate Dean of Fairhope, Carla Dean Wasdin (Al) of Lottie, Glenda Dean of Montgomery, Nicholas Myers of Boston, Mass., Olivia Myers Trimmier (Andrew) of Austin, Texas, Kyle Wasdin of Lottie and Burt Wasdin (Lane Gaulding) of Pell City.

A talented teacher, Betty enjoyed her professional associations and students at Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, where she was a teacher of world history and a faculty advisor for the Scholars Bowl Club that she led to championship status. She held elected offices in Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority of teachers.

She was a faithful member of the Lottie United Methodist Church for all of her adult life. At times, she served as Sunday School teacher and also as president of the United Methodist Women’s Association.

Services were held on Nov. 28, 2017, from Lottie United Methodist Church with the Rev. Judd Coggins officiating. Interment followed in Lottie New Home Cemetery,

Family received friends Nov. 27 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Lottie United Methodist Church or to the Lottie New Home Cemetery Fund, in care of Paul Benton at 22481 Lottie New Home Cemetery Road, Atmore, AL 36502. Donations may also be made to the McCullough Cemetery Fund in care of Marlin Mack at 1681 McCullough Road, Atmore, AL 36502.


Carolyn Monti Allen

Mrs. Carolyn Monti Allen, 69, passed away on Thurs., Nov. 30, 2017, in Atmore.

She was a native of Pensacola, Fla., former resident of Atmore and has resided in Bay Minette, for the past two and a half years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was of the Pentecostal Faith.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Doris Monti; and two sisters in law, Barb Monti and Janet Monti.

She is survived by her three daughters, Stephanie (Jeremy) Downey of Bay Minette, Stacey (Jade) Boone of Stockton and Tonya Allen of Atmore; two sons, Jimmy (Laura) Allen of Molino, Fla. and Timmy Allen of Pensacola, Fla.; two brothers, Skip Monti of Pensacola and Lewis Monti of Pensacola; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Dec. 4, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. John Michael Kilpatrick officiating.

Burial followed at the Pine Grove Cemetery.

Visitation was held Dec. 3 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Kyle Harris, Michael Dunn, Michael Montgomery, Kipp Moore, Josh Long and Terrence Newsome.

Special thanks to Oakwood Nursing Facility, Covenant Hospice and Atmore Nursing Care Center.

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


Claude Hadley

Claude Hadley (known as the sheetrock man), 54, of East Brewton, passed away on Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, at his residence in East Brewton.

He was the fifth of eight children born to Willie and Stella Hadley. He was a native of Perdido, and resident of East Brewton for the past 20 years. He was a sheetrock laborer by trade and was considered one of the best around and an inventor by hobby. He loved fishing and talking about how good God was to him. He did volunteer work for churches that needed sheetrock to be repaired.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Hadley; two special nephews, Myles Shiver and Morgun Ridlehoover; and a beloved friend, Bobby Baggett. Bobby and his brothers taught him the sheetrock trade.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Angie Hadley; his mother, Stella Hadley; two sons, Claude Hadley Jr. “CJ” and Willie Delmus Hadley “Dale,” both of East Brewton; one daughter, Samantha; his son in law, Jamie Kelley of Andalusia; four brothers, Ronnie (Sissy) Hadley, Chester (Diane) Hadley and Gordy (Carmen) Hadley, all of Atmore and Matt (Lisa) Hadley of Berrydale, Fla.; three sisters, Vinnie (Danny) Minchew, Becky Ridlehoover, both of Atmore and Margie (William) Wells of Perdido; six nieces; seven nephews; eight great-nieces; 12 great-nephews and many dear friends.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 1, 2017, from the Atmore Church of God in Atmore with the Rev. Ray Ward, the Rev. Mike Farley and the Rev. Doug Greer officiating. Internment followed at Lottie United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was held Nov. 30, 2017 at the Atmore Church of God.

Pallbearers were Little Danny Minchew, Little Willie Hadley, John Curtis Pfeffer, Little Chester Hadley, Jay Clinton and Jacob Hadley.

Honorary pallbearers were Earl (Rick) Wilson, Chris Byrd, Greg Stone, Lawton Shipp, Tyler Presley, Tanner Pfeffer and Mitch Hadley.

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


David Buford Jr.

Mr. David Buford Jr., 80, of Atmore, formerly of Detroit, Mich., answered the Master’s Call on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, at Atmore Community Hospital.

A native of Hendersonville, Tenn., Mr. Buford was born to the parentage of David Sr. and Elnora Buford. He graduated from Union High School in Hendersonville, Tenn. in 1954. His pilgrimage carried him to Detroit, where he worked many years as a laborer with Wolverine Tube, Ford, SMART Transportation and Greyhound Bus Lines. He enjoyed sports. As his health began to decline, he relocated to Atmore to live with his daughter, LaTangie Commings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ernestine Buford; two sons, Carlos and Eric Buford; and a sister, Mable Buford.

Those left to cherish memories of his life are his daughter, LaTangie (Tracy) Commings of Atmore; one sister, Mary Lou (Otto) Horton of Nashville; two grandchildren; the mother of his children, Betty Jo Jones of Atmore; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. this Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, from Terrell Broady Funeral Home Chapel, 3855 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, Tenn. 37218, with the Rev. Nathaniel Jones III officiating. Retirement of his remains will be in Hendersonville Memorial Gardens in Hendersonville with Terrell Broady Funeral Home, Inc. directing and Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing locally.


Dennis Alvin Garrett Jr.

Mr. Dennis Alvin Garrett Jr., 51, passed away on Tues., Nov. 28, 2017, in Pensacola, Fla.

He was a native and former resident of Bay Springs, Fla. and has resided in Molino, Fla. for the past eight years. He was a retired LPN with 24 years of service and was a barber for two years.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Samuel A. “Butch” Garrett, and Henson and Cannie Hayles.

He had many, many friends and coworkers from his nursing days in New Orleans at Lakeland Hospital and Tulane Medical Center.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Dennis A. and Sara Garrett Sr. of Walnut Hill, Fla.; mother, Sarah Hayles Garrett of Poarch; wife, Sue Gulsby Garrett of Molino; one step-son, Gabe Rhea of Molino; one step-daughter, Susan Wyse-Wright of Molino; two brothers, Jamie Lynn (Tracy) Garrett of Pineville, Fla., and William David Garrett of Pensacola, Fla.; grandmother, Mary Lee Garrett of Bay Springs; one grandchild, Lyndzi Wright; one niece, Saige Garrett; two nephews, Blayne Garrett and Lucas White; and two very special friends, Oliver Sledge and Anita Pugh.

Funeral services were held Dec. 5, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenny Johnson and the Rev. Craig Hayles officiating.

Burial followed at Bay Springs Cemetery.

Visitation was held Dec. 4 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Johnny Ryland, Ronny Ryland, Joe Grim, Aaron Dagen, Adam Bolen, Brian Hall and Larry Hayles.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Gulsby, Wayne Gulsby, Oliver Sledge, Wendell O. Hall and Dr. William Shane Harigel.

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


Julia Nell Strickland O’Farrell

Mrs. Julia Nell Strickland O’Farrell, 84, of Bratt, Fla., received her angel wings while surrounded by her beloved family on the afternoon of Dec. 2, 2017.
She spent her lifetime bringing joy, comfort and kindness to all who knew her. She lived a joyful and selfless life, always giving what she had and never expecting anything in return. She was kind, loving, caring, gentle and one of the sweetest ladies this world has ever known. A true and shining example of how we all should live.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Strickland; her mother, Vera Daniels Strickland; and her sister, Bobbie White.
Her beautiful, kind, loving and selfless spirit will live on through those she has left behind.

She is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 69 years, Ernest Ellis O’Farrell of Bratt; her sister, Gloria Faye Kent (Jerry) of Brewton; her brother, Ricky Strickland (Brenda) of Pensacola, Fla.; her three children, Julie O’Farrell Fountain (David Findley) of Atmore, Brenda O’Farrell Pitts (Freddy) of Madison, Fla. and Ernest Hallrick (Hal) O’Farrell (Patty) of Ozark; her grandchildren, Bill Fountain of Lake Villa, Ill., Angie Pitts Santee of Naples, Fla., Burt Pitts of Crawfordville, Fla., Nellie Pitts Blair of Live Oak, Fla., Christina O’Farrell of Houston, Texas, Danielle Clark of Yulee, Fla., Jennifer Morgenroth-O’Farrell of Bermerhaven, Germany and Janet O’Farrell of St. Albans, W.V.; 15 great-grandchildren; and her numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Services will be held Dec. 5, 2017, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore. Family visitation was the day of the service and presided by the Rev. LaDon Hall. Eulogy will be delivered by son in law, Freddy Pitts. Burial Ceremony to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chad Kent, Wade Kent, Dalton Kent, Mason Kent, Alan Lowery, Mike Gibson and Larry Gibson.

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


Randy Theo Covan

Mr. Randy Theo Covan, 56, passed away on Tues., Nov. 28, 2017, in Brewton.

He was a native of Century, Fla., and has resided in Brewton since 1985. He was of the Holiness Faith.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Hayes.

He is survived by his parents, Bill and Alene Covan of Century; three sons, Jason (Wendy) Covan of Brewton, William (Jennifer) Covan of Uriah and William Robbins of Brewton; two daughters, Tina (Jason) Johnson of Thomasville, Ga. and Tasha (Jesse) Benoit of Gueydan, La.; one brother, Raford (Tina) Covan of Pace, Fla.; one sister, Recinda (Buck) McCormick of Milton, Fla.; and nine grandchildren, Tara Johnson, Jason Johnson, Jr., Christopher Benoit, Zachary Benoit, Ryan Covan, Cheyanna Covan, William “Cole” Covan, William “Jr.” Robbins and Miranda Robbins.

Funeral services were held Dec. 3, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Collie officiating.

Burial followed at the Providence Methodist Cemetery.

Visitation was held Dec. 2 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were John Lee, Billy Davis, Will Chavers, William Robbins, Rick Garrett, Mike Hammond and Thomas Carroll.

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


William “Billy” Rollin

Mr. William “Billy” Rollin, 70, passed away on Tues., Nov. 28, 2017, in Mobile.

He was a native of Monroe, La. and has resided in Atmore for the past 43 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was the owner and operator of Rollin’s Used Cars and was a member of the Atmore First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sandra Rollin of Atmore; one son, Shane (Memory) Rollin of Atmore; two daughters, Kimberly (Anthony) Habermehl of Foster, K.Y. and Kristi (Jeff) Wooldridge of Kentucky.; three brothers, Frank Rollin of Bay Minette, James Rollin of Dallas, Texas and Jimmy Rollin of Bay Minette; two sisters, Irene Phelps of Stapleton and Glenda Nelson of Fairhope; seven grandchildren, Josh Brown, Megan Brown, Tommy Anderson, Samantha Anderson, Ashley Anderson, Will Rollin and Colton Rollin; and five great-grandchildren, Landon Brown, Jayla Brown, Jayce Sells, Tyler Sells and Talan Daughtry.

Funeral services were held Dec. 2 from the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Arnold Hendrix officiating.

Burial followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held Dec. 1 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Frank Rollin Jr., Andrew Rollin, Steven Rollin, Jason White, Warren Donald and Jeff Donald.

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