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Obituaries for Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Audrey Marie Ames Turner

Mrs. Audrey Marie Ames Turner, 73, of Anniston, answered the master’s call on Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, at the residence of her son in Atmore.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Turner was reared in Atmore and was a 1961 graduate of Escambia County Training School. After graduation, she relocated to Anniston and then went on to attend Alabama A&M University in Normal. On Nov. 19, 1966 she married Louie Turner Jr. They lived in Fort Polk, La. for a few years before returning back to Anniston in 1969. Her early work years were with Mason’s Department Store, K-mart and the R.L. Polk Co.

In 1979, she began working with Children Services at Constantine Daycare Center as a teacher, then as assistant director and lastly as director until the center closed in 1995. She later began working as a Case Aid with DHR until she retired in 2014. She was the president of Turner Funeral Chapel LLC.

A member of Friendship Baptist Church, Mrs. Turner had been a member of the Sarah Denard Matrons, the Mass Choir and had attended Sunday School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Turner Jr.; a daughter, Crystal Lynn Turner; her mother, Maxcine Zeigler; her father, Robert Lee Ames; her grandmother (who reared her), Parie Lee Ames Crow; and her in laws, Louie Sr. and Pearl Turner. Emmett Zeigler Jr. also preceded her in death.

Those left to cherish memories of her beautiful life are her son, Louie Turner III of Atmore; her daughter, Alicia D. Turner of Anniston; her sister, Thomasa Zeigler of Detroit; her brother, Cornelius Gund of Detroit; her step-mother, Alice Ames of Detroit; 12 grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.

Public viewing will be held this Sat., Jan 6, 2018, from noon until 6 p.m. in Longmire- Jones Memorial Chapel of Turner Funeral Chapel.

A second viewing will be held on Sun., Jan. 7, 2018 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Ervin Funeral Chapel, 1518 Brown Avenue, Anniston, AL.

Funeral service will be held Mon., Jan. 8, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1130 W. 14th Street, Anniston with the Rev. Carlton Phillips, pastor, and the Rev. E. Baxter Morris, pastor, of First Baptist Church, North Ripley Street in Montgomery, as eulogist. Inhumation will be in Maple Grove Cemetery of Anniston.

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Honor of Audrey M. Turner with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.

 

Shirley Ann Norman

The funeral service for Miss Shirley Ann Norman, 55, of Atmore, will be held this Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church (Freemanville) with the Rev. Michael Wilson, pastor, officiating.

Inhumation will be in Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.

 

Gilbert Lee Crenshaw

Funeral service for Mr. Gilbert Lee Crenshaw, 57, of Philadelphia, Penn., formerly of Atmore, will be held this Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church.

Inhumation will be in Mt. Shiloh Cemetery (Nokomis) with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.

 

Cleo Bolar

Mr. Cleo Bolar, 67, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Atmore, will be announced by Turner Funeral Chapel LLC.

Bolar entered his heavenly home on Tues., Jan. 9, 2018, at Wellstar Hospital in Douglasville, Ga.

 

 

Annie Ruth Witkiewicz

Annie Ruth Witkiewicz, of Atmore, formerly of Pensacola, Fla., died on Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, at home in Atmore.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1922, in Birmingham to Albert and Ochie Daniel Pate.  She moved to Pensacola in 1968 and had lived in Atmore since 2010.

She was a Navy wife and homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Annie enjoyed sewing and traveling, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve. During her retirement years, she and her husband traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edmund R. Witkiewicz; parents, Albert and Ochie Pate; daughter, Marguerite Dawson; one brother and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Marcella Moring; and her husband, Wayne of Atmore; grandchildren, Emily Sommer (Monti) of Lakeland, Fla. and Rachel Robinson (Tim) of Dupont, Wash.; seven great-grandchildren, Jackson Sommer, Ella Sommer, Anna Sommer, Piper Sommer, all of Lakeland, Fla., Elyse Robinson, Madeline Robinson and Frank Robinson, all of Dupont, Wash.

Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with the Rev. Sonny Steele officiating. Interment followed at Barrancas National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Pensacola Humane Society.

OAK LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 619 New Warrington Road, is entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences may be offered at www.oaklawnfunerals.com.

 

Bobbie Ann Williams Corey

Mrs. Bobbie Ann Williams Corey, 74, passed away on Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, at her residence in Mexia.

She was a native of Uriah and resided in Mexia for the past 31 years. She was a loving mother, who raised her six daughters by herself. She was a member of the Christian Tabernacle Church of Excel.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Minnie Lee Williams; grandsons, Jon Daniel Sheets, Russell Ikner and Thomas Williams; two brothers, Albert Williams and Charles Williams; one sister, Judith Williams; and son in law, Steven Ikner.

She is survived by her six daughters, Rebecca (Ward) Boutwell of McCullough, Audrey Lassiter of Mexia, Darlene Corey of Mexia, Sonja Corey of Huxford, Lila Ikner of Lottie and Debbie (Mike) Flowers, of Madsion; six brothers, Leroy (Merril) Williams of Eliska, Gene (Betty Ann) Williams of Mineola,  the Rev. Theodore “Buddy” (Rosie) Williams of Franklin, John David (Sue) Williams of Goodway, Willis (Alice) Williams Jr. of Mexia and Don (Vicky) Williams of McCullough; three sisters, Louise Gibson of Claiborne, Orbineze (Charles) Boatwright of Poarch and Monteze McMillan of Little River; 16 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 8, 2018, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Cornelius Phillips officiating.

Burial followed at the Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Visitation was held Jan. 7 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Wendell Gibson, Mike Flowers, Jack McMillan, Jason Williams, Curtis Williams, Paul Lee, Ronnie Williams, Randy Williams and Ricky Williams.

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

 

Bobby Paul Morrison

Bobby Paul “Big Man” Morrison, 55, of Frisco City, passed away on Tues., Jan. 2, 2018, in Monroeville.

He was a truck driver most of his life, born on Feb. 26, 1962, in Atmore, to the late Waymon and Betty Mae Pearson Morrison.

He was a member of Crosspoint Church, an avid mule skinner and enjoyed working around his farm.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Donald Morrison, Dottie White, W.D. Morrison and Jean Stewart.

Survivors are his wife, Genie Womack Morrison of Frisco City; one son, Waymon

Paul (Dana Marcv) Morrison of Frisco City; three brothers, John Morrison of Mobile, Pete (June) Morrison and Bud (Carolyn) Morrison, all of Bastrop, La.; three sisters, Shirley (Johnny) Guyton of Atmore, Susie Barbarow of Perdido and Mary Jackie Barnhill of Mobile; and two grandchildren, Waylon Morrison and Gracie Morrison.

Services were held Jan. 6 from Crosspoint Church with Pastor J.T. Guyton officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Family received friends Jan. 6 at Crosspoint Church.

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

 

Christopher Nolin DeFee

Mr. Christopher Nolin DeFee, 36, passed away on Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, in Mobile.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore. He was a member of the New Beginnings Ministry.

He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Jay DeFee; and grandfather, Calvin Nolin DeFee.

He is survived by his mother, Darlene DeFee of Atmore; one son, Christopher Michael “Mikey” DeFee of Atmore; one sister, Kayla Miranda Smith of Atmore; aunts, Donna DeFee, Dianne Godwin and Tammy Smith; uncle, Calvin Gregory; and cousins, Carria LeaAnn DeFee, Chasity Johnson, Jason Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Dustin Smith and Tiffany Wiggins.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Thurl Pearson officiating.

Burial will follow at the Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. service time today, Jan. 10, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jason Johnson, Les Jarman, Cody Livings, Vincent Lambert, Andy McKinley and Joshua Johnson.

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

 

Effie Lee Caraway Jeter

Effie Lee Caraway Jeter Mrs. Effie Lee Caraway Jeter Cumbie, 87, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at her residence in Uriah.

She was a native of Booneville and resided in Uriah most of her life. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was a member of the Uriah Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Nettie Caraway; first husband, Joe Jeter; second husband, Willard Cumbie; two sons, Danny Eugene Jeter and John Edwin Jeter; and one daughter, Patsy Rena Cumbie Taylor.

She is survived by her four children, Leon Earl Jeter of Freemanville, Sherry Jeter Buckhault of Atmore, Cheryl Ann (Joseph) Matthews of Repton and Marilyn Cumbie Peavy of Uriah; one sister, Frances Bryan of San Antonio, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Whittington officiating.

Burial will follow at the Uriah Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Quinton Peavy, Anthony Peavy, Johnny Buckhault, Clifton Buckhault, Joey Jeter and Todd Jeter.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Peavy, Wyatt Spoon, James Morris, Austin Buckhault and Blaine Jeter.

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

 

Frank Powell Jones

Frank Powell Jones, 70, of Atmore, passed away on Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, at his residence.

He was a licensed practical nurse at Fountain Correction Facility and later retired from the V.A. Hospital in Gulf Port, Miss. He was born in Monroeville on Dec. 12, 1947, to Russell Aubrey and Hazel Louise Quimby Jones.

He is preceded in death by his father, Russell Aubrey Jones.

Survived by his mother, Hazel Louise Quimby Jones of Atmore; and one brother, Russell Samuel Jones of Butler Street.

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

 

Kathryn Lee Reynolds

Kathryn Lee Reynolds, 89, of Atmore, passed away on Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla.

She was a homemaker, born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Aug. 11, 1928, to the late Oliver Eugene and Drusilla Lee Knight. She was a devoted Christian.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Earl Ben Reynolds.

Survivors are two sons, Earl (Bobbie) Reynolds and Christopher Allen Reynolds, all of Atmore; two brothers, Comer Knight and Oliver (Connie) Knight, both of Pensacola, Fla.; two sisters, Ann Wiggs and Lois (Tom) Wright, Sr., both of Pensacola; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Jan. 6, 2018, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sonny Willingham officiating. Interment followed in Serenity Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Tom Wright Jr., Kent Clark, Josh Nichols, David Anderson, Greg Cole and John Murphy Akins.

Family received friends Jan. 6, 2018 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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

 

Lena Byrd

Lena Byrd, 73, of Huxford, passed away on Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, in Mobile.

She was a homemaker, born on Sept. 2, 1944, to the late Frank Wallace and Mandy Heatcote Johnson.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmy B. Byrd Sr.; and four brothers.

Survivors are one son, James “Jimmy” Byrd Jr. of Atmore; two daughters, Ann Johnson and Louise Johnson Brown; one sister, Maxine Johnson Welch of Rabon; and six grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, from Sullivan Cemetery with Sister Helen Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Sullivan Cemetery.

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

 

Melvin Eugene Wilson

Melvin Eugene Wilson, 69, a resident of Spanish Fort, passed away on Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018.

He proudly volunteered in the United States Army through two tours in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star. He was a longtime employee of GAF Building Materials in Mobile.

He is survived by his wife, Ginny Wilson of Spanish Fort; daughters, Cinda (Henry) Woodyard of Ellisville, Miss. and Kellen (Michael) Curry of Brandon, Miss.; sons, Daniel Wilson of Mobile, Jamie (Stacey) Wilson of Bentonville, Ariz., Phillip Wilson of Fairhope and Eugene (Ashley) Wilson of Spanish Fort; sisters, Lindia Bodiford of Dothan and Peggy Sowell of Mobile; brothers, Thomas Wilson and Wayne Byrd of Mobile; 16 grandchildren, especially Nathaniel Mastin; close friend, Ferrell Mastin; and many other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Jan. 9, 2018, from the Chapel of Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Interment followed in Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., 27409 U.S. Highway 98, Daphne, AL.

 

Mitzie Forte Pimperl

Mitzie Forte Pimperl, 85, of Bay Minette, passed away on Jan. 3, 2018, in Bay Minette.

She was a homemaker, born in Baldwin County on Nov. 1, 1932, to the late Lonnie and Jessie Bryars Forte. She was a member of the Perdido Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, John F. Pimperl.

Survivors are four sons, John Pelham (Judy) Pimperl, Timothy Byron (Laurie) Pimperl, all of Bay Minette, Loyd Cameron (Marsha) Pimperl of Laurel, Miss., and Elliot Tremaine (Amy) Pimperl of Bay Minette; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Jan. 7, 2018 from Atmore Memorial Chapel with Bro. Henry Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Perdido Baptist Cemetery.

Family received friends Jan. 7 at Atmore Memorial Chapel.

Atmore Memorial Chapel was in charge of all arrangements.

 

Myles Rusty

Our firstborn, Myles Rusty, was born to us, Rusty and Stacia, on the cold wintry morning of Dec. 31, 2017, at the Baptist Medical Center, in Little Rock, Ark.

Miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, our beloved infant son, came into this world to two excited, but terrified parents. We are thankful we had a short time to hold and love him. We were so looking forward to him being in our lives, but Jesus had a different plan and took baby Myles to heaven to be a beautiful angel.

Although we are left with broken hearts, we want to trust all to Him who knows best. We are comforted in knowing that we have the hope of seeing him again some day.

Sharing in this loss are his parents, Rusty and Stacia Kaufmann, of Walnut Hill, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Hank and Diane Kaufmann, of Walnut Hill; maternal grandparents, Galen and Rosalie Schmidt, of Walnut Hill; great-grandparents, Verle and Vesta Peters, of Walnut Hill; Sam and Lavaunda Schmidt, of Scotia, Neb. and Dolly Eicher, of Brooksville, Miss.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 5, 2018, at the Southern Harbor Mennonite Church, of Davisville, Fla., with Minister Verle Peters officiating.

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

 

Raymond E. Norris

Mr. Raymond E. Norris, 98, passed away on Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, in Atmore.

He was a native of Frisco City and has resided in Bratt, Fla. since 1936. He was the caretaker of the Pine Barren Cemetery, veteran of World War II, member of American Legion Post 90, VFW Post 7016 and a retired correctional officer of the Escambia County Florida Road Department. He was a member and assistant treasurer of the Pine Barren Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Norris; daughter, Katie Darby; parents; and siblings.

He is survived by his son in law, Ralph Darby of Bratt; grandson, James E. Darby of Louisville, Ky.; three great-grandchildren, Amanda Darby of Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, Keri Anne Darby of San Antonio and Cody Darby of Louisville; special niece, Mary Ann Allen of Bratt; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Jan. 9 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Harper, Rev. C.L. Langford and Chaplin Glenn Wardrop officiating.

Burial followed at the Godwin Cemetery.

Visitation was held Jan. 9, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ethan Allen, Russell Norris, Rodney Norris, Paul Norris, James Jeter and Jimmy McElhaney.

Honorary pallbearers were the VFW-American Legion, Jim Gulsby and Jack Norris.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW 7016.

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