Obituaries for Wed., April 4, 2018

Published 6:21 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Celestine Arnold Keyes

Ms. Celestine Arnold-Keyes, 66, of Atmore, answered the Master’s call on Thurs., March 30, 2018, at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope.

A native of Atmore, she was a graduate of Escambia County Training School in 1969. She was a graduate of Alabama A&M in 1974. After graduating, she moved to Hackensack, N.J. and worked for Federal Express for over 25 years. She relocated back to Atmore in 2011 after her retirement. She was a member of Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center. She enjoyed reading, going out to eat and flowers.

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She is survived by her son, Lyndell Cedric Arnold of Atmore; four sisters, Hattie (Edward) Curry, Mary Arnold, and Earnestine Arnold (her twin) both of Atmore, and Annie D. Moore of Charlotte, N.C.; and a brother, L. C. Arnold of Atmore.

Funeral service will be held this Sat., April 7, 2018, at noon at Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center with Bishop Darryl North, pastor, officiating. Inhumation will be in Stallworth Cemetery. Public viewing will be this Friday from 2-7 p.m. at the funeral home with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Alberta Lawson Johnson

Alberta Lawson Johnson was born on Aug. 30, 1957, to the late Albert and Elma Lawson of Atmore.

She departed this life on March 26, 2018, at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile.

She devoted her life to God and her family. She united with First Baptist Church of McCullough, where she resided. She was a devoted member serving as youth director, pastor aid assistant and gladly accepted other roles as a devoted servant.

She is preceded in death by her sisters, Vinnie Brown, Elizabeth Brown and Lillie Mae Lee.

She leaves to mourn her husband, Wade Johnson Jr. of 37 years; four children, Chief Warrant Officer (CW) Derrick (Alielobret) Lawson Sr. of El Paso, Texas, Kristy (Jeremy) Clark, Lucretia Johnson and Wade Johnson III of McCullough; three brothers, Willie (Luverne) Lawson of McCullough, Foster (Linda) Brown of Georgia and David (Mary) Lawson of Hollywood, Fla.; nine sisters, Fannie Lawson of Jamaica, N.Y., Judy (Ben) Mallard of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Gertrude (Marvin) Brown Sr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Jemethia Ballard of Atmore, Octavia Lawson Walters of Hollywood,  Patricia (Charles) Johnson of McCullough and Tarji (Thomas) Adams Sr. of Fayetteville, Ga.; nine grandchildren, Jermey Johnson, McKell Tention, Deavontae Johnson, Derrick Lawson Jr., Tatiana Johnson, Alexia Lawson, Zechariah Clark, Zion Clark and Amilya Jemison; goddaughter, Synethia Sharda Austin; and a host of brother and sisters in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and family and friends.

Funeral services were held on March 31, 2018, at First Baptist Church in McCullough with the Rev. Charles Jones, as pastor and officiate.

Interment was held in First Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were nephew, brothers in law and friends. Flower bearers were friends.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Christian Memorial Funeral Home of Atmore.


Donald Hugh Simmons

Mr. Donald Hugh Simmons, 69, passed away on Sat., March 31, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla.

He was a native of Atmore, former resident of Cantonment, Fla. and has resided in Flomaton for the past 50 years. He was a 1968 graduate of Tate High School, retired farmer, avid bowler and outdoorsman, where he loved to fish and hunt. He attended the Sardis Baptist Church.

He is survived by one sister, Jeane Simmons of Flomaton; one niece, Shauna Henry of Auburn; Jordan Henry of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Tyler (Cindy) Henry of Walnut Creek, Calif., cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. this Sat., April 7, 2018, at the Sardis Baptist Church with the Rev. William E. Greene officiating.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on April 7 at the Sardis Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to your favorite charity.

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


James Daniel Dunsford Jr.

Mr. James Daniel “Danny” Dunsford Jr., 55, passed away on Thurs., March 29, 2018, at his home in Flomaton.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Flomaton. He was of the Christian Faith.

He is survived by his father, James Daniel (Judy) Dunsford Sr. of Grand Bay; mother, Angie Gilmore (Bill) Weaver of Byrneville, Fla.; wife, April W. Dunsford of Flomaton; one son, Steven Zachary Dunsford of Flomaton; three daughters, Amber D. (Brandon) Smith of Atmore, Ashley M. Dunsford of Byrneville and Samantha Lambeth of Flomaton; three brothers, Stephen F. Dunsford of Byrneville, C. Douglas of Grand Bay and Terry W. Dunsford of Grand Bay; two sisters, Angela F. (Tommy Lee) Johnson of Century, Fla. and Patricia L. Dunsford of Grand Bay; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on April 2, 2018, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Hawkins officiating.

Burial followed at the Byrneville Methodist Cemetery.

Visitation was held from April 1, 2018, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Buster Nall, Michael Chavers, Zac Dunsford, Roy German, Brandon Smith and Mayson Dunsford.

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