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Obituaries for Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

Walter Burl Hicks

Walter Burl Hicks, 81, of Laurel, Miss., died Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, at his residence in Laurel. He was born on Sat., Feb. 8, 1936, in Uriah.

He was a tugboat captain, and worked for Warrior Gulf Navigation and Finley Towing.

Visitation was held on Dec. 12 at Jesus Name Church of Ellisville. Funeral services were held on Dec. 13, at Jesus Name Church of Ellisville. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Laurel. Brother David Williams and the Rev. Jerry Rowley Jr. officiated. Ellisville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Maggie Hicks; and brothers, Fred Hicks, Hollis “Mose” Hicks, Houston Hicks and Sammie Hicks.

Survivors include his wife, Marcella Hicks of Laurel; daughter, Nettie Hicks of Laurel; sons, Tate Hicks (Cynthia) of Laurel and Jeff Fowler of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Haley Hicks and Layla Hicks; sisters, Mazie Burkett (Gene) of Atmore and Irene Bryant of Atmore; sister, Marylou Ridgeway of Bay Minette; brothers, Johnny Hicks (Elaine) of Ovett, Miss. and Mack Hicks; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Vince Spradley, Mike King, Chris Holifield, Brent Dickerson, Ray Moore and Caleb Maddox.

Honorary pallbearers were Alvin Setliff and Braeden Maddox.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jesus Name Church of Ellisville.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.ellisvillefuneralhome.com.
Hattie “Mae” Brown

That which was, is no longer, what is now may seem a mystery, but what is left are everlasting memories of the beauty and faithfulness of a life Mrs. Hattie “Mae” Brown, that is now at rest — this is the nature of things.

Let not the pain be our anthem, but “the joy of the Lord be our strength.”

Hattie Mae Brown was born on Sept. 19, 1961, to Dorothy Hudson an Ira Poole Sr., in Dixon Mills, Ala.

She was a proud 1979 graduate of Escambia County High School.

Mae began her early Christian experience with First Baptist Church of McCullough, and later began her attendance with the Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church alongside with her faithful husband, Jimmy Brown. As she began to mature in Christ, she found an interest with the Destiny Worship Center, under the leadership of Dr. Bernard Bishop, where she remained until she transitioned from time to eternity on Dec. 7, 2017.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy Hudson and Ira Poole Sr.; step-father, Willie Hudson; grandparents, Hunter and Minnie Lewis Sr.; father in law, Mr. Willie James Brown Sr.; mother in law, Mrs. Annie Ruth Brown; two brothers in law, Miller Dee Helton and Willie Peoples; three uncles, LC Jones, Willie Clyde Lewis and Curtis Lewis; three aunts, Minnie Osteen Lewis, Ida Mae Lewis and Nancy Mural Lewis; one niece, Melissa S. Hudson; and one nephew, Malik Ty’Quan Hudson.

Her legacy will forever linger in the hearts of those who cherished her, a loving devoted and wonderful husband, Mr. Jimmy Brown of Atmore; three children, Lateshia Jackson, Fenetrias (Juan) Lewis and Cordaryl (Joslin) Lewis; one step-son, Jeremy (Kristy) Clark, all of Atmore; step-brother, Anthony Bullard and step-sister, Joann Brown; 11 grandchildren, two very special, Da’Mon Lewis and Evereona Jackson, Dante’veon Lewis, Ca’shiyah Johnson, Crodaryl Lewis Jr., Brooklyn Lewis Staples, Jeremy Johnson, Deavontae Johnson, Tatianna Johnson, Zechariah Clark and Zion Clark; seven sisters, Gloria (Johnny) Dixon of Dixon Mills, Brenda N. Allen of Vallejo, Calif., Contina (Rodesia) Hudson, Evelena Poole Johnson and Ester Poole, both of Mobile, Elaine (Rollins) Dunnings of Dixon Mills and Linda Jean (Isaac) Zico of Atlanta, Ga.; five brothers, Willie James (Annette) Hudson of Atmore, Ira James Poole and Calvin (Shontriska) Poole, both of Myrtlewood, Bruce Wayne Poole of Atlanta and Ira Poole Jr. of Springhill, Ga.; three sisters in law, Helen Brown McCreary, Patricia Dennis and Ida Bell Coger; five brothers in law, Eugene (Diane) Brown, David (Marilyn) Brown, Paul (Gwen) Brown, Willie James (Mattie) Brown, all of Atlanta and James Brown of Pensacola, Fla.; one uncle, Hunter (Angel) Lewis; three aunts, Ella Jean (Benjamin) Bouler, Ruth Ola Lockett and Margaret Montgomery; special niece, Moeshia Salter; a daughter from another mother, Stephanie America; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were family and friends; flower bearers were family and friends; and the internment service was held at Fairview Cemetery.

Dinner and fellowship was held at Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Fellowship Hall, and Robinson Christian Memorial Funeral Home, of Atmore, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Alonzo Bright Jr.

Deacon Alonzo Bright Jr., 73, of Atmore, gained his wings on Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, at his residence.
Funeral services were held Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, at Destiny Worship Center.

He was born in Escambia County, Fla., on Dec. 10, 1944, to the late Mr. Alonzo Sr. and Mrs. Janie Bell Bright. He attended George Washington Carver High School in Century, Fla.

He was a man of many trades, where he worked for Masland Carpets for 26 years, and later he retired as route counselor of Hainjes Furniture in Atmore.

He was well known throughout the community and he will be truly missed.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and listening to quartet music.

On April 4, 1975, he was united in holy matrimony to Doris Leslie and from his union, five children were born.

He was a faithful member of Mt. Sinai Johnson Holy Temple No. 3 under the leadership of Pastor Agnes Green, where he served as a deacon for 21 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo Bright Sr. and Jamie Bell Bright; one brother, David Bright; one son, Terrance (Terry) Bright; and two spiritual brothers, James (Buck) Stanton and Bennie Salter; two brothers in law, Arthur Leslie and Rufus Fantroy.

He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and very devoted wife, Doris Bright; three daughters, Kimberley Bright, Tawanna (Connie Ray) Dees and Kirstie (Brandon) Montgomery, all of Atmore; four sons, Anthony Bright of Laurel, Miss., Phillip (Jannella) Bright of Stone Mountain, Ga., Rodney Bright of Atmore and Christopher Bright of Bay Minette; one brother, Willie (Carrie) Bright; and one sister, Dorothy Bright of Laurel.

He gained a loving daughter, Rosezieta Hilson; three sisters in law, Minnie Fantroy, Diane Leslie and Robin Kidd; and one brother in law, Robert Leslie Jr.; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Brandon Montgomery, Phillip Bright, Jacque Bright, Rodney Bright II, Christopher Bright and Chris Mitchell.

Flower bearers were nieces and grandchildren.

Interment was held at Stallworth Cemetery in Atmore.

Final arrangements were entrusted to Christian Memorial Funeral Home of Atmore.

 

Annie Pearl Bell

Ms. Annie Pearl Bell, 91, of Atmore, entered her heavenly mansion on Tues., Dec. 12, 2017, at Atmore Nursing Care Center.

A native of Georgiana, Bell was a longtime resident of Atmore and a retired housekeeper at the First Baptist Church in Atmore. She was a member of Emmanuel Faith Center Church in Davisville, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Bell; her daughter, Patricia Poole; her parents, George Mack Walker and LaBertha Riley; four sisters, Margie Hines, Essie Lee Canada, Rose Walker and Gladys Walker; and two brothers, George And Joe Walker.

Those left to cherish memories of her life are: a son, Willie Charles Lambert of Atmore; nine grandchildren, Michael (Ursula) Lambert of Grand Bay, Roncheal Lambert and Charles (Natasha) Lambert of Montgomery, Adriene Lambert and George Poole of Atmore, Kenya (Roderick) Dailey of Lawrenceville, Ga., Nathan Lambert and Jennifer Lambert of Hinesville, Ga. and Jeffery McCants of Snellville, Ga.; 15 great-grandchildren; one goddaughter, Rhonda (Pastor Wayne) Johnson of Atmore; two special nieces, Brenda Walker and Ester Jet; a special friend, Mattie Hetherington; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held Dec. 16, at noon at Gaines Chapel AME Church – Atmore with Elder Ledell Johnson Jr. as eulogist and the Rev. Amos Smith as host pastor. Retirement of her remains was in Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.

 

Amara Michelle Riley

The funeral service for Newborn Amara Michelle Riley will be announced by Turner Funeral Chapel LLC.

Riley died on Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital in Mobile.

 

Brenda Joyce Brown Seale

Brenda Joyce Brown Seale, 72, of Atmore, passed away on Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, in Atmore.

She was born to the late Dempsey D. and Mamie Goodson Donaldson on Dec. 28, 1944, in Atmore.

She is preceded in death by her parents; several brothers and sisters; grandchild, Samuel Lambert; and husband, the Rev. Fred Brown.

She taught piano lessons for many years and was a dedicated home missionary for the Southern Baptist Association. She was a member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Kevin (Sarah) Presley of Fountain, Colo.; a daughter, Teresa Mothershed of Atmore; three grandchildren, Amanda (Jon) Farrar Lambert, Robert W. Farrar Jr. and Lindsay Farrar (Ben) Tuberville; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 11, 2017, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in McCullough Cemetery.

Visitation was held Dec. 11 from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Danny Wayne Boyington

Danny Wayne Boyington, 53, of Atmore, passed away on Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, in Atmore.

He was a truck driver with Jetts Logging Co., born in Atmore on March 1, 1964, to O’Neal and Imma Jean Hadley Boyington.

He is preceded in death by his father, O’Neal Boyington; sister, Racheal Reeve and a niece, Virginia Radford.

Survivors are his wife, Belinda Caraway Boyington, of Atmore; mother, Imogene Boyington of Atmore; two daughters, Krystel (Pedro) Martinez of Poarch and Daniela Boyington of Atmore; three brothers, Rodney (Becky) Boyington of Perdido, Jimmy (Michelle) Boyington of Atmore, Mark (Britney) Boyington of Huxford; three sisters, Ester (Doug) Smith of Atmore, Linda (Dewayne) Salter Poarch and Lisa (Terry) Garrick of Birmingham; four grandchildren, Taylor, Kyler, Tennesse and Karter; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Dec.14, 2017, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Sister Helen Stewart officiating. Interment followed in Lottie New Home Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers were Jimmy Boyington, Mark Boyington, Ashley Salter, Joe smith, Kevin Boyington and Dustin Boyington.

Honorary Pallbearers were Taylor Boyington and Pedro Martinez.

Family received friends Dec. 14, 2017, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

 

Faye Victor

Mrs. Faye Victor, 59, passed away on Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, in Christian Home, Fla.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Christian Home, Fla. She was a member of the Byrneville Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Sarah Victor; and two sisters, Alice Merchant and Kathy Hall.

She is survived by one son, Tim (Veronica) Victor of Christian Home; one daughter, Tiffany (Michael) Segers of Christian Home; four brothers, Phillip Victor of Christian Home, Johnny Victor of Flomaton, Jimmy Victor of Atmore and Donnie (Sandra) Victor of Wawbeek; one sister, Janie (Billy Jack) Criswell of Christian Home; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thurs., Dec. 21, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Hawkins officiating.

Burial will follow at the Christian Home Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be J.C. Victor, Johnny Victor, Jesse Hall, Justin Long, Lil Joe Mclendon and James Victor.

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

 

Kattie Mae Barnhill

Mrs. Kattie Mae Barnhill, 72, passed away Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, in Atmore.

She was a resident of Atmore, native of Stanley Crossroads and lived most of her life in Davisville, Fla. She was a member of the Gospel Light Holiness Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Alice Buckhault; son, Alan Keith Barnhill; brothers, Jesse James Buckhault, Clinton Jim Buckhault and J.P. Jackson “Buddy” Buckhault; sisters, Rose Roberson, Louise Hadley Donaldson and Geraldine “Pettie” Booker; and granddaughter, Summer Gattis.

She is survived by her husband, Carl R. Barnhill of Atmore; two sons, Donald Barnhill of Atmore and Steve Barnhill of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; one daughter, Janet Kay (Gary) Gattis of Atmore; two sisters, Daisy Hendricks of Stanley Crossroads and Ouida (Raymond) Wall of Nokomis; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Dec. 14, 2017, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Clarence Rolin officiating.

Burial followed at Wild Fork Cemetery in Brewton.

Visitation was held Dec. 14 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Wayne Coleman, Jerry Gehman, David Gehman, Deanna Macks, George Hendricks and Brandon Wall.

Honorary pallbearers were Phyllis Ward, Johnny Rolin, Ray Rolin, Keith Hadley, Pamela Rackard, Dale Gehman and Nancy Huggins Peters.

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

 

Lawrence Williams

Mr. Lawrence Williams passed away on Dec. 19, 2017.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mayberry Funeral Home.

 

Leroy Cleveland Hale Jr.

Mr. Leroy Cleveland Hale Jr., 69, a resident of Bay Minette, passed away on Dec. 11, 2017.

He was employed at Hunnington Ingalls Ship Builders for over 43 years as an electrical supervisor. He was a faithful member of Trinity A.M.E. Church in Bay Minette, where he was a member of the choir and Sunday School. He was a member of the Baldwin County Class of 1957.

He is survived by one son, Kivie Bennett; one brother, James Hale of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one sister, Marie Hale Sewell of Milwaukee, Wisc.; one half brother, Cleveland Hale; and one half sister, Virginia Hale, both of Bay Minette.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Thurs., Dec. 21, 2017, from the Trinity Chapel A.M.E. Church in Bay Minette with pastor James Allen officiating. Interment will be held in Mutual Aid Cemetery in Bay Minette.

Arrangements are being held by Mayberry Funeral Home Atmore Chapel.

 

Delores Abrams Graves

Mother Delores Abrams Graves, 75, a resident of Atmore, passed away on Dec. 12, 2017.

She was born on Oct. 22, 1942, in Stockton. She joined Greater St. John Baptist Church in Stockton at an early age. She was a faithful member of Destiny Worship Center in Atmore.

She leaves to cherish her memories one son, Herman (Stephanie) Abrams of Bay Minette; daughters, Sharon Abrams of Virginia, Phyllis Abrams of Atmore, Juanita Cox of Bay Minette, Sheryl (George) Cooper of Uriah, Gwendolyn Graves and Demetrius (Johnny) Jackson; five sisters, Doris, Deborah Hutching of Birmingham, Minnie Wright of New York, WinnZena Hutching of Birmingham and Patricia; brothers, Brice Hutching, John Henry Hutching, Bennie Bonner and Walter Hutching; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives, aunts, uncles and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. this Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, from the Greater St. John Baptist Church in Stockton with Bishop Bernard Bishop, eulogist. Interment will be held in Robinson Cemetery in Stockton.

Mayberry Funeral Home Atmore Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 

Roscoe Jones

Mr. Roscoe Jones passed away Dec. 16, 2017.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mayberry Funeral Home.

 

Sally Foster

Mrs. Sally Foster, 86, passed away on Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, in Atmore.

She was native of Bay Minette and resided in Atmore.

Survivors include her nephew, Roy (Billie) Foster; special friend, Kelly White Downey; and numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held on Dec. 15, 2017, from the Lottie Methodist Cemetery with Bro. Angelo Thomley officiating.

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

 

Sheila Smith

Ms. Sheila Smith passed away on Dec. 17, 2017.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mayberry Funeral Home.

 

Shirley Sanders Moore

Mrs. Shirley Sanders Moore, 65, a resident of Perdido, passed away on Dec. 12, 2017, from a traffic accident.

She was born in Little River, graduated from Douglasville High School in 1969. In 1970 she enlisted with the U.S. Air Force, where she was stationed in San Antonio Texas.

After returning home, she united with Morning Dove Baptist Church of Perdido under the leadership of Pastor Stanley Cox. She worked at Vanity Fair until she retired.

She leaves to cherish her memories six brothers, Robert, Rox (Christina) Sanders of Atmore, Claude (Wanda), Wilmon D. Garland, all of Bay Minette and Roosevelt Sanders of Pensacola, Fla.; three sisters, Bernice Bradley, Carolyn Sanders and Kathy (Johnny) Palmer, all of Bay Minette; guardian of six children, Seneca of Bay Minette, Quinette Sanders, Veronica Sanders, Shaquila (Derrick) Hollis and Dicara Williams, Luther Sanders, all of Bay Minette; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. this Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, from the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Bay Minette with pastor Dwight Boykin officiating. Interment will be held in Mutual Aid Cemetery with Mayberry Funeral Home directing.