Obituaries for Wed., July 18, 2018

Published 5:18 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Judy Elaine Thompson

Judy Elaine Thompson, 66, of Atmore, passed away on July 3, 2018, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend and she will be dearly missed by all.

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She was born on Nov. 3, 1951 in Atmore, to the late Odell Donaldson and Sylvia Joan Strawbridge Johnson.

She was a member of the McRae Street United Methodist Church. She was retired from Vanity Fair Mills.

After retirement, she owned a home day care for over 10 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Joe Johnson; brother in law, Bill Phillips; nephew, Chad Phillips; and stepbrother, Jim Johnson.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Clark Duval Thompson of Atmore; two sons, Shayne Godwin (Ashley Harris) of Spanish Fort and Blake Godwin (Marie Connors) of Bay Minette; four daughters, Shelley (Billy) Donald of Atmore, Hope (Shawn) Lassiter of Atmore, Courtney (Chris) Harrison of Atmore and Valerie (Mychal) Reddix of Atmore; a brother, Gary Donaldson of Atmore; and sisters, Peggy Phillips of Atmore, Patty (Gerald Parmer) of Huxford and Marilyn (Danny) Stone of Birmingham; sister in law, Sheila Donaldson; grandchildren, Megan, Caitlyn, Hannah, Baylie, Natalie, Eli, Sydnie, Kylie, Meredith, Harper, Riley, Julian, Cam and Sebastian; and three great-grandchildren, Nikko, Aurora and Odin.

Funeral services were held on July 6, 2018, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Kenny Moore officiating. Burial followed in Flomaton Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Brandon Phillips, Michael Donaldson, Steven Donaldson, Eli Godwin, Paxton Hobbs and Gary Bailey.

Visitation was held July 6 from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Sherry Gibbs Morris

Sherry Gibbs Morris, 79, a lifelong resident of Atmore, passed away on Thurs., July 12, 2018.

She was the daughter of the late Buford A. Gibbs and Evelyn Moring Gibbs of Atmore.

She attended Escambia County High School and graduated in 1956.

She later attended the Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and Jefferson Davis Community College, where she earned the award of super nurse.

Her nursing career began at Greenlawn Hospital in Atmore as an emergency room nurse.

She also worked with the Escambia County School System as the school nurse for Atmore and outlying areas.

She later worked with the Albert P. Brewer Center in Mobile. She concluded her career as a hospice nurse with Seton Home Health in Atmore.

As a school nurse, it was not uncommon for her to take care of children — whose parents she delivered years before at Greenlawn Hospital.

She was a breast cancer survivor of 28 years and assumed the role of being an advocate to educate and more importantly, support others facing the same challenge that she had.

She was a member of the Atmore Garden Club and Pilot Club. She was also the social chairman of the Atmore Country Club for many years.

She was an avid gardener and a certified master gardener. In fact, her love of the outdoors and flowers led her open a well-known flower shop, Sherry’s Elegant Flowers, in Atmore.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marcia Chambers; and her grandson, James Austin Baker.

She is survived by her daughters, Tonya (David) Garrett, Tina (Kimble) Grafton and Tara Morris; special friend of the family, Dorothy Overstreet, all of Daphne; her brother, Johnny (Julia) Gibbs of Atmore; her sisters, Girdielene (Shine) Snyder of Media and Brenda (Robert) Wade of Atmore; her grandchildren, Anna D’Olive-Charles, Ali Garrett, Meagan Baker and Katie Grafton; and many special nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held July 16, 2018, and the funeral services followed from the First United Methodist Church of Atmore with the Rev. Brennan Peacock officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were David Garrett, Kimble Grafton, Steve Gibbs, Barry Wells, Ronnie and Donnie Beasley

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Anthony Ual Murph

Anthony Ual Murph, 76, of McCullough, passed away on Thurs., July 5, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla.

He was a farmer, born in Escambia County, Ala. on June 14, 1942, to the late Marvin Lee and Lynda Vonteen Ellison Murph.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Brenda Sharon Murph.

Survivors are his wife of 53 years, Ann Levins Murph of McCullough; two sons, Michael Murph of Bratt, Fla. and David Murph of McCullough; two brothers, Gary (Bukie) Murph of Atmore and Gordon Murph of McCullough; three sisters, Rhonda (Lee) Reynolds and Josalyn Barnett, both of Atmore, and Kay (Pat) Mullen of Evergreen; and a granddaughter, Amy Murph.

Services were held July 10, 2018, from McCullough Christian Center with Bro. Cornelius Phillips officiating. Interment followed in McCullough Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Duane Murph, Arlen Murph, Chuck Murph, Stan Cumbie, DeWayne Wicker, Steven Reynolds, Pat Mullen and Lee Reynolds.

Family received friends July 9, 2018, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons International Atmore Camp at P.O. Box 556, Atmore, AL 36502.

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


Walter Clifford West

Walter Clifford West, 66, of Floral City, Fla., passed away on July 15, 2018, under the loving care of his wife and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast.

Clifford was bon in Lancaster, Pa. on Nov. 23, 1951, to Wilford and Rubie Smith West and moved to Citrus County from Wawbeek and Bratt, Fla.

He retired from the Ridgway Roof Truss Co. in Gainesville, Fla., as a truss designer. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Inverness, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and on the board of deacons.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 38 years, Jean Skelton West; two children, Jeremy West and his wife, Marnie, of Rockford, Ill.; Juanita Sanders, Inverness; two brothers, Jeffrey West and his wife, Dee, Brooksville, and Jay West and his wife, Cindy, of Fairbanks, Alaska; a sister, Jeanie Love and her husband, David of Concord, N.C.; his parents, Wilford and Rubie West, both of Brooksville, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Vosburgh.

Funeral services will be conducted today, Wed., July 18, at noon from the First Assembly of God Church of Inverness with the Rev. Dairold Rushing officiating. Additional services will be conducted from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Atmore, this Sat., July 21, 2018, at noon. Burial will be in Bratt- Godwin Cemetery in Bratt.

Family will receive friends on July 21, 2018, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until service time at noon. Friends may call at the First Assembly of God Church from 11 a.m. until the hour of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted by the family for final expenses.