Obituaries for Wed., May 30, 2018

Published 5:05 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2018

James L. Driver

James L. “Jimmy” Driver, 81, a native of Baldwin County and a resident of Loxley, passed away on Wed., May 23, 2018.

Mr. Driver served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of the Loxley Church of God.

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Driver was a wonderful husband and father. He never met a stranger – always lending a hand to others.

Driver was a team leader for the Mentors of the Baldwin County Veterans Court.

He is preceded in death by two daughters, Lisa Littles and Lynn S. Driver and Capt. J.A. Duncan and Elna Duncan; and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Ann Driver of Loxley; two daughters, Lana (Raul) Pulido of Loxley, Dr. Luci Driver-Parmer (Bryan Parmer) of Durant, Okla.; son, Horace Lloyd Driver of Loxley; two sisters, Elizabeth Forbis of Nashville, Tenn. and Sandra Duncan Spicer of Robertsdale; two brothers, Johnny Duncan of Bradenton, Fla. and Lloyd Duncan of Enterprise; and seven grandchildren, Reid, A.J., J.D., Justice, Samantha, Raul and Sabrina.

Funeral services were held May 26, 2018 from the Loxley Church of God with the Rev. Brian Wade and Rev. Ted Bridges officiating.

A visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mountain Movers at Loxley Church of God, P O Box 499, Loxley, AL 36551.

Pallbearers include Tim Gibbs, Vic Eicher, Jeff Smith, Julio Atenza, Kevin Faircloth and Darrell Driskell.

Honorary pallbearers are the Mentors of the Baldwin County Veterans Court and J.W. Middleton, Jim Sloop, Jimmy Hovark, Rich Miller, Joel Norberg, Charles Driver, Jimmy Mason, Sam Elder and Wallace Eicker.

Arrangements were by Mack Funeral Home, HWY 59, Robertsdale, AL.


Betty Spence Hare

Betty Spence Hare, 71, of Walnut Hill, Fla. passed away Mon., May 21, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla.

She was a homemaker, born on Dec. 5, 1946 in Escambia County, Fla. to the late Ranson C. and Evelyn English Spence. She was a member of the New Life Assembly of God Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Argent “Rabbit” Hare; and a sister, Dorothy Spence.

Survivors are three sons, Jeff (Jennifer) Hare of Dry Springs, Fla., James (Regina) Hare of Walnut Hill and Joseph (Brehia) Hare of Bay Minette; two brothers, Vernon (Linda) Spence of Geneva and James W. (Jessie) Spence of Little Rock; two sisters, Inez Freeman of Walnut Hill and Carolyn (Ervin) Thortis of Christian Home, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held on May 23, 2018 from Johnson-QuimbyFuneral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Tedder officiating. Interment followed in Dry Springs Cemetery.

Active and honorary pallbearers were her nephews.

Family received friends May 22, 2018, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral

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


Kenneth Ray Quimby

On May 28, 2018, Kenneth Ray Quimby left the earth to be with the Lord in Heaven.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1953, in Atmore, but grew up in Goodway. He later moved to Atmore, and has resided in Foley for the past eight years.

He is a graduate of J.U. Blacksher High School in Uriah class of 1972 where he was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball. He was also an excellent musician on both drums and guitar.

He is preceded in death by his infant son, Kenneth Ryan Quimby; his parents, Owen and Montez Quimby; his grandparents, Palmer and Ola Quimby and Ira and Pairolee Oswald.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sheila Turk Quimby of Foley; two children, Heather (Ian) Campbell of London, England and Matthew (Anna) Quimby of Birmingham; and a brother, Johnny M. (Marie) Quimby of Perdido; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Paul Byrd, Stan Lee, Ricky Martin, Dewitt Roley, Clifford Turk and Timothy Turk.

Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Byrd and Chris Quimby, who is serving in the U.S. Navy and is currently stationed in Japan.

The family would like to express its sincere thanks to the Southern Cancer Center and Comfort Care Hospice for their care and compassion.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today, Wed., May 30, 2018, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Scott Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. service time today, May 30, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Mildred Louise Croley

Mrs. Mildred Louise Croley, 89, passed away on Sat., May 26, 2018, in Century, Fla.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Century. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Raymond Floyd Croley; one son, Ricky Croley; one daughter, Dorothy Sims; and her parents, Bart and Carrie Hobbs.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Croley (Terry) Bush of Flomaton; 11 grandchildren, Greg Sims, Tina Therrell, Josh Sims, Wes Sims, Chris Croley, Bryan Croley, Amy Croley, Stephanie Gilmore, Mindy Adkinson, Tad Bush and Daniel Lischbrook; 32 great-grandchildren; and many great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wed., May 30, 2018 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel with the Rev. Fred Stallworth officiating.

Burial will follow at the Flomaton Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 6 p.m. May 29, 2016 until service time at 2 p.m. May 30, 2018 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tad Bush, Greg Sims, Josh Sims, Wes Sims, Chris Croley and Bryan Croley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Sims, Dak Sims, Will Eubanks, John Eubanks, Lane Sims, Nathan Therrell and Caleb Therrell.

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


Peter Richard D’Andrea

Peter Richard D’Andrea, 64, passed away on May 22, 2018.

D’Andrea was an award-winning, highly respected culinary artist of 40 years with accomplishments that he never bragged about. He spent his time mentoring young chefs and living his life by the word of God.

He had unshakable morals, was perpetually and annoyingly optimistic, and he only spoke badly about poorly prepared food.

His professional legacy is impossible to impress upon, and yet he would say that he was the most proud of the impact he’s made on his family.

He was happiest surrounded by his family, rarely talking, but always somehow managing to find exactly the right thing to say. He will be forever missed by his wife of 39 years, his two girls and his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Fabrizio Joseph D’Andrea.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jo Ann D’Andrea; daughters, Mariel (Brandon) Zelhart and Grace D’Andrea; and siblings, Margherita Spears, Joseph D’Andrea, Paula O’Loughlin (Peter’s twin sister) and Evelyn D’Andrea

Visitation will be from 9:30am until 11 a.m., Fri., June 1, at St. Matthew Catholic Church with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Immediately following mass, a luncheon will be held at the church.

Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN, 3721 615-646-9292 is in charge of arrangements.

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La’Rhondica Ron’Janea Riley

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

La`Rhondica Ron`Janea Riley, that is now at rest — this is the nature of things. This is how it has been, how it is and how it will continue to be until the final sentence on the last page of this book of life is written. One must understand that this work is by the hand of Jesus, a presence whose ways are not as our ways that sees all things not merely as they are, but in the way that he created them to be. The human mind at times may not comprehend these things, but it is the peace he brings afterward that surpasses all understanding. Let us not cling to the suffering of life’s circumstances, but to the words that say that, “God is able to do, that which He said He will do.” Let not the pain be our anthem, but “the joy of the Lord be our strength.”

Riley was the loving daughter of Ronald Lawerence Riley and Telissa Ann Watson. She was born on Jan. 30, 1995. She was a graduate of Hillcrest High School class of 2014. During that time, she participated in the Hillcrest High School band, choir, track team and the HHS Beta Club. After graduating, she attended Alabama A&M University, where she was scheduled to graduate in December 2018 with a major in criminal justice.

Riley was a member of First Baptist Church of Evergreen and very active as a songster in the choir and praise team at Antioch Baptist Church in Tunnel Springs. She was a beginning entrepreneur as she started her own line of “Flawless Minks.”

Why we love you

You give to us hope and help us to cope

When life pull us down You bring us around

You teach us to care and help us to share

You make us honest with kindness the best

From you we learned love with grace from above

It’s from you we live and we want to give

You are the reason that fills each season

When we hear love we think of you; you are our world and best friend too.

We love you because you care so kind thoughtful and caring

We love you because you are so pleasant, lovely and sharing

You made us the aunties we are

Thank you Ron Ron,

Your Loving Aunties

Riley leaves to cherish her precious memories and legacy of her love to her loving father, Ronald Riley of Evergreen; her loving mother, Telissa Watson of Tunnel Springs; brother, Davonte` King of Tunnel Springs; godbrother, Mikel Rudolph of Birmingham; godsister, Baleigh Williams of Peterman; grandmothers, Shirley (Greer Paw-Paw) Owens of Tunnel Springs and Katherine M. Riley of Evergreen; grandfathers, Willie E. Turner of Castleberry and James (Marie) Watson of Monroeville; aunts, Mrs. Tyrhondica (Gregory) Travis of Molino, Fla., Romona Watson (Larry Malone) of Southaven, Miss., Kimberly Watson (Sean Murray) of Mobile,  Jackie (Sherman) Slusher of Fort Worth, Texas, Rosie Marie Miller of Burnt Corn and Kimberly and Keisha Cunningham of Chicago, Ill.; uncles, James Albert Watson Jr. of Atmore, Kelvin James Watson of Huntsville and Tommie (Crystal) Cunningham; godfather, Mr. Isaac McMillian Jr. of Evergreen; godmother, Ms. Sharon Robbins of Birmingham; great aunts, Beverly, Tracy and Merlene Riley, all of Evergreen, Elnore (Tee-Tee) Lett of Tunnel Springs and Ernestine Lee of Monroeville; special cousins, LaKarress (Traveon) Mitchell of Killeen, Texas, Brittney (Ryan) Anderson of Huntsville, Shirley(Akira) Watkins of Trenton, N.J., Labarron (Josmine) Dees of Savannah, Ga., LaKarrerten Riley of Evergreen, Breunna and Larry (LJ) Wiggins of Birmingham, Jon Knox and Jerett Watkins of New York, N.Y., and Chelsey and Latasha Slusher of Fort Worth; special friends, Makiyah Jones Imani Watkins Tevin Rudolph, Jarmarcus Bryant, Brandi Wiggins, Qua`Darius Wallace, Destiny Simpson, Dominique McCreary and Rickel Powell; and a host of cousins other relatives and friends.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home, 319 S. Main St., Evergreen, AL 36401 is in charge of arrangements.

Public visitation will be held this Fri., June 1, 2018, at the Christian Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

A celebration of life will be held Sat., June 2, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Evergreen.

The Rev. Kenneth Kidd is the pastor, and Pastor Oliver Whalen Oliver is the eulogist.

Bernard L. Bryant is the director of order, and pallbearers and flower bearers are the Class of 2012.

Internment will be held in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Tunnel Springs.


Sylvia Smith Hart

Sylvia Smith Hart, 77, passed away on May 23, 2018.

The Daphne resident was a native of Canoe. She was employed for more than 36 years by the Press-Register in Mobile, where she worked variously as a reporter, copy editor and page designer.

During her years as a reporter, she received a number of certificates and plaques of appreciation from local, regional and state organizations for news coverage in the fields of health, religion and education. Among those were the Press Club of Mobile, 1980; Alabama Eye and Tissue Bank, 1991; Medical Association of the State of Alabama, 1971, 1986 and 1990; Alabama Public Health Association, 1992; Alabama State Nurses Association, 1987; Mobile County Nurses Society, 1986; Mobile Mental Health Center, 1970; Mobile County Chapter of American Red Cross, 1985 and 1986; Alabama Baptist State Convention, 1974; Conference of Downtown Churches of Mobile, 1983; Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Mobile, 1983; Right to Read Effort of the Catholic Diocese of Mobile, circa 1970s; Mobile Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa educators association, 1977; and Alabama Interdenominational Seminary, Mobile, 1982.

Hart received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in journalism and English from Samford University in Birmingham in 1962. She attended Canoe Public Elementary School, whose building continues as a site for education in the community as part of the private Escambia Academy. She also attended Escambia County High School in Atmore.

Hart is predeceased by her parents, King and Olvena Smith, who owned a farm in Canoe.

She is survived by her two brothers and their wives, J. Michael Smith and wife, Janice Turner Smith of Canoe and D. Max Smith and wife, Marie Horn Smith of Hurtsboro; nephew, Ben Smith and wife Becca of Canoe, nephew, Brian Smith and wife, Rita of Birmingham; niece, Anita Marie Hitchcock and husband, Paul of Gulf Breeze, Fla.

As requested by Hart, her great-nieces and great-nephews are honorary pallbearers. They are Sam and Will Smith of Canoe; Bailey Smith of Birmingham; and Mary Miles, Kate and Jack Hitchcock of Gulf Breeze.

A graveside service was held May 26, 2018, at Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in the community of Wawbeek.

Hart’s request was that contributions be made to a charity of your choice or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; phone, 1-800-227-2345; online:

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in Atmore is in charge of arrangements.


Tracie Shenaye Young

Tracie Shenaye Young was born to Latisha Young and DeWayne Robinson on May 14, 1993 in Pensacola, Fla.

She was a proud 2012 graduate from Escambia County High School. Tracie enjoyed being with her family and friends and she loved the color orange. She was a member of Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center and employed with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department.

Young transitioned from time to eternity on May 15, 2018. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, James and Bennie Young; and grandparents, Annie Delois and Gregory Hester.

Those who will forever cherish her memories, a loving and caring fiancé, Randy Lee Johnson Sr.; three adorable children, Sheniyah Mone`t  Johnson, Randy Lee Johnson, Jr. and Saveion Malik Johnson; a loving mother, Latisha Young; and father, Dwayne Robinson; siblings, Stacie Young, La`Qiandria Young, Lakendra Young, Kirstan Young, Brya Robinson, Justice Robinson, Jeleesa Davis, Jaylyn Hyde and MyKeria Smith; grandparents, Linda Young, James Frye, James and Bonita McCants; aunts, Iris (Willie) Parker, Tawanna Hester, Labronda Young, Kasia Young, Monique Young, Whitney Hester, Ashley Hester and Brittany George; uncles, Kitric Young, Chris (Diondra Joy) Robinson, Gregory Hester Jr., James Young Jr., Michael Young and Anthony Robinson; best friends, Dasia Thomas and Cynethia Walker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services was held on May 24, 2018 at the Deliverance Ministry of Jesus Christ – Atmore Location, Dr. Kelvin Williams, as pastor and Presider Bishop Darryl North as eulogist.

Internment was held in Fairview Cemetery.

Final arrangements were entrusted to Robinson-Christian Memorial Funeral Home – 78 Harris Street – Atmore, Alabama 36502, 251-368-2132.