All obituaries for Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

Published 5:22 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Willie George Lee Jr.

Mr. Willie George Lee Jr., 66, affectionately known as “Junior Lee” and “Gorgeous George,” of Atmore feel asleep in the arms of Jesus on Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, at Atmore Nursing Care Center.

A native of Atmore, Willie Jr. was born to the parentage of Novella Lee and the late Willie George Lee Sr. He attended Escambia County schools. He had worked as a painter at Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi.

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Those left to cherish memories of his life are his son, Akavia (Coco Michelle) Lee of Moss Point, Miss.; his mother, Novella Lee Johnson of Atmore; siblings, Alexander (Dora) McMillan, Gloria J. Wright, and Linda Lee, all of Atmore, Debbie Ann Jacob and Glenda (Kenneth) Brown of Houston, Texas, and Willie Clarence Smith of Mobile; three grandsons; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held on Dec. 29, 2018 at Mt. Gillead Baptist Church in Atmore (Freemanville Community) with the Rev. Gary Bryant as pastor and Pastor Darlene McMillan as eulogist.

Inhumation was in Pierce Rabb and Montgomery Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Gaston Lee George Jr.

Bishop Gaston Lee George Jr. was born on Feb. 11, 1950, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Gaston and Hazel Knight George Sr. in Escambia County, Ala.

He was a proud 1969 graduate of Escambia County Training School.

After graduating, he enlisted into the United States Army. Gaston George began his Christian journey at an early age at the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church.

He later established and was founder of the True Deliverance Holiness Church in Atmore.

After his spiritual task was completed in Escambia County, he was led to Defuniak Springs, Fla. and established a spiritual dwelling known as the Grace and Mercy Deliverance Center.

His determination to follow the walk of Christ led in various cities and states in this country, where he diligently proclaimed and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his coming throughout the United States.

Throughout his traveling he decided to reside in Connecticut for a number of years and later ventured to Crestview, Fla. to be closer to his family.

Although Bishop George was known for his great preaching, he is also considered a legendary gospel singer and guitar instrumentalist of one of the greatest recording quartet vocalists “Southern Echoes,” where he wrote and recorded his first CD with “God Going Get You for That.”

George transitioned from time to eternity on Dec. 18, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joe L. George; and two sisters, Brenda King and Geraldine Mixon.

George will forever be loved and cherished by his wife, Pauline W. George; his loving children, Dennis (LaSonja) George, Christina (Eric) McCaskill and Brenda (Anthony) Andrews, all of Atmore; two stepchildren; 12 grandchildren, Deontaine (Emil) Webb, Shakila, Jasmine, Ty`Quaiz, Akebia, TyAndria, Anthony, Dennis Jr., Eric Jr., Miracle, Jeremiah and Jatavion; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jimmy George of Evergreen and Dempsey George of Evergreen; three sisters, Sue Johnson of Mobile, Shirely (Arthur) Maye of Evergreen and Wanda Faye Crum of Daphne; special aunt, Pastor Irma J. Wilson; and raised by uncle, Elder Leroy (Missionary Lula) Knight Sr.; and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.

Pall bearers included grandsons and nephews.

Flower bearers were nieces and friends.

The inhumation service was held in Fairview Cemetery in Atmore.


Carrie Jean Lee

Mrs. Carrie Jean Lee was born in Monroeville on Feb. 14, 1938, to John David and Frances Lee Young, but was reared in Mobile, from the age of 2.

Mrs. Carrie Jean Lee transitioned from time to eternity on Tues., Dec. 25, 2018.

She was a faithful and loyal member of the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church of Mobile, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Clyde Maye Jr., in Mobile.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 54 years, Mr. Ozzie Lee

Those will forever love and cherish her memories include two loving children, Kimberly Lee of Mobile and son, Kurtney (Treisa) Lee of Spanish Fort; five grandchildren, Janay Lee, Jazmin (Carleton) Mayabell, Christina Smith, Angel Smith and Jeremy Smith; one sister, Dorothy Stevenson; brother in law, William (Zina) Bodley; four sisters in law, Willie Pearl Robinson, Mary Ann Hill, Cleopatra Bodley and Danny (Samuel) Bettis; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 1761 Dr. Martin Luther King Ave. in Mobile.

The Rev. Dr. Clyde Maye Jr. served as pastor and presiding eulogist.


Betty Kyser Pruett

Betty Kyser Pruett, 71, passed away on Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, at her

Home in Atmore.

She was born on March 1, 1947, in Atmore, to James Edlow and Augustine P. Kyser, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Fred Pruett of Atmore; her son, Jimmy Wayne Pruett and her daughter, Wanda Renea Pruett McGhee, both of Atmore; her brother, Edmund L. (Buddy) Kyser of Atmore; and her sisters, Judy Kyser Young of Foley and Joan Kyser Lolley of Semmes.

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


Jack Darby

Jack Darby, 75, of Atmore, passed away on Tues., Jan. 1, 2019, in Atmore.

He was a machine operator with Vanity Fair Mills, born in Monroe County, on May 1, 1943, to the late George Washington and Fannie Mae Manning Darby.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Dorothy Clara Reaves and

James Alford Darby.

Survivors are his wife, Sheri Hendrix Darby; and a daughter, Deeya Darby

(Silas Dwayne) Seamans, all of Atmore; two grandchildren, Darby

Madelyn Locke and Dillon Dewayne Seamans; two brothers, Ralph Darby of Davisville, Fla. and  William Thomas (Jackie) Darby of Walnut Hill, Fla.; and one sister, Annette Hassebrock of Bratt, Fla.

Services were held Jan. 4, 2019 from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Robert Heard officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Joey Darby, Greg Darby, Allen Sharpless, Gary Hare, Robert Hendrix and Bert Hendrix.

Family received friends Jan. 4, 2019 at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Jeanette Delois Seale Creamer

Mrs. Jeanette Delois Seale Creamer, 66, passed away on Thurs., Dec. 27, 2018, in Jay, Fla.

She was a native of Atmore and had resided in Bratt, Fla. for most of her life. She was co-owner of Creamer Logging and of the Baptist Faith.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Wiley and Marguerite Seale; two sisters, Lucille Butt and Mary McClain; and one brother, Clifford Seale.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, William Lloyd Creamer Jr. of Bratt; one son, William Loyd Creamer III of Pulaski, Tenn.; one daughter, Tonya Delois Creamer of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three brothers, Lee Verne Seale of Atmore; Murlon (Margaret) Seale of Atmore and Floyd (Betty) Seale of Atmore; three sisters, Jessie Muriel Swindle of Wawbeek, Dottie (Charles) West of Ozark and Nancy Nelson of Foley; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Jan. 4 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Joey Johnson officiating.

Visitation was held Jan. 4 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

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


Joanne Lewis

Joanne Lewis was born Nov. 28, 1954, to Eddie Lee Banks and Roxie Lee Hartley in Atmore. She was a devoted and anointed woman of God who served in the capacity of first lady and prophetess of the God House Tabernacle of Deliverance Holiness Church under the leadership of her loving husband, Apostle Marcus Lewis.

Prophetess Joanne was a gentle, sweet and unique woman of God, one who loved the Lord to the infinity of fullness and received favor of her humbleness and obedience to his word. She was known throughout the states for her strong and anointed singing voice. She was also a former faithful and reliable employee of Escambia County Transit Systems. In her leisure, she loved reading God’s Holy word, singing and vacationing.

Lewis received news on Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, that her home was ready, one not made by man. She transitioned from time to eternity at the Mobile Infirmary Hospital in Mobile, surrounded by family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie Lee Banks and Roxie Lee Hartley; brother, Johnny Ray Banks; sister, Linda Banks; father in law, William Franklin Lewis Sr.; mother in law, Lucile Lewis; and brothers in law, William Lewis, Joel Lewis Sr., Willie Frank Lewis and Gary Thomas.

Those precious and undeniable and who have love for her will linger in the hearts of a loving and devoted husband, Apostle Marcus Lewis; seven wonderful children, Angela (Eric) Jordan of Pensacola, Fla., Marcus (Lashonda) Lewis of Ozark, Arterio Lewis, Jelene Lewis, Ladaungia Lewis, Jeremiah Lewis and Jamarius Lewis, all of Atmore; step-mother, Lula Mae Banks of Atmore; sisters and brothers, Eddie James (Betty) Banks, Apostle Louis (First Lady Teresa) Banks, Willie C. Banks, Bishop J.L. (Apostle Carolyn) Banks, Pastor F. D. (Elect Lady Ora) Banks, Steve Banks, Evangelist Dora (Alfred) Williams, Cynthia Lynn Bright, Cindy (Jerome) Hartley, Evangelist Tyrone (Shaniela) Hartley, Melvin Knight, Jessie Mae Hartley, Johnny Franks Smith and Joey Smith; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters in law, Earnestine (Rodney) Harris, Minnie Mae Knight, Betty Jean Lewis, Jack Lewis, James (Gennie) Lewis, Socttie Lewis, Leola Brundidge and Mary Alice Lewis; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were entrusted to Christian Memorial Funeral Home, 78 Harris Street, Atmore, Alabama 36502.

Public visitation will be held this Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, from 3-8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held this Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center of Atmore with Bishop Darryl North as host pastor and presider, and Apostle Marcus Lewis as the messenger of strength.

Internment will be held at Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers are sons and grandsons; and flower bearers are nieces and friends.

Repast is Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Baptist Church with Pastor F.D. Banks.


Robert Morris

Robert “R.L.” Morris, 83, of Orange Beach, passed away on Dec. 28, 2018.

He was the son of John D. and Avie M. Morris of Bay Minette. He was a 1953 graduate of Baldwin County High School and a 1957 graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a degree in forestry.

While at Auburn, he was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. After graduating from Auburn, he joined the Air Force and later the Air National Guard Reserve.

His career as a forester spanned over 50 years. He began with International Paper Co. and also worked with Thomas. J. Earle Timber Co. Inc. for many years.

Later, working as an independent contractor, he appraised and cruised tracts of timber all over south Alabama.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman and especially loved the camaraderie he found in the company of friends. He is known for his love of entertaining and also for being a barbeque legend.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John D. and Avie M. Morris; and his grandson, Austin Baker.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Moseley, of Orange Beach; three daughters, Tonya (David) Garrett, Tina (Kimble) Grafton and Tara Morris, all of Daphne; and four grandchildren, Anna D’Olive-Charles, Ali Garrett, Meagan Baker and Katie Grafton.

He is also survived by his sisters, Louise Beasley of Atmore and Johnnie Sharpless of Cantonment, Fla., along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Jan. 4, 2019, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cindy Still officiating. Burial followed in Bay Minette Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were David Garrett, Kimble Grafton, Ronnie Beasley, Donny Beasley, Hooper Matthews and Carl Raley Jr.

Visitation was held Jan. 4 from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Terrell Hobson Mason

Terrell Hobson Mason, 85, of Huxford, passed away on Thurs., Jan. 3, 2019, in Pensacola, Fla.

He was a school teacher, born in Uriah on July 13, 1933, to the late Culver Hobson and Estelle Wood Mason.

He was a graduate of J.U. Blacksher, Livingston University, president of Sigma Delta Sigma at Livingston and earned a master’s degree from Ball State University.

He was in the United States Marine Corps during 1951-1954: U.S. Army Paratroops during 1955-1957; and retired from the U.S.A.F. in 1977. He was a deacon at Talavana Baptist Church and a member of the Huxford Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wendell Mason; and a sister in law, Danie Mason.

Survivors are his wife of 57 Years, Linda Kay Purnell Mason of Huxford; two brothers, Alex (Emma) Mason of Pensacola, Fla. and Bill (Lucy) Mason of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 5, 2019 from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Boyd and Bro. Jesse Wood officiating.

Interment followed in Uriah Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Eddie Booker, Todd Booker, Jamie Booker, Gerald Jones, Mike Mason and Terry Mason.

Family received friends Jan. 5 from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

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


Carrie Watson

Funeral service for Ms. Carrie Watson, of Boston, Mass., formerly of Atmore, will be held this Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Gaines Chapel AME Church, 122 Carver Ave., Atmore with the Rev. Amos Smith as pastor, officiating.

Retirement of her remains will be in Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Willie L. Wilburne

Funeral service for Mr. Willie L. Wilburne, 88, of Chicago, Ill. will be held this Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church of Nokomis with the Rev. Dennis Stephens, pastor, officiating.

Retirement of his remains will be next to his wife (Mary Ann Wilburne) in Mt. Shiloh Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel LLC directing.


Terry Coker Brown

Terry Coker Brown was born to Clarence McCovery and the late Mary Coker Brown on May 12, 1968.

Brown died peacefully in his Atmore home on Mon., Dec. 31, 2018.

Brown was raised in the China Community in Evergreen, where he was nicknamed “King of the Dirt Road.”

He graduated from Lyeffion High School in Evergreen.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Coker Brown; two sisters, Bobbie “Foxy Mama” Devers and Mary Brown; brother, Willie “Pete” Brown; and son, Terry Coker Jr. “TJ.”

Brown was a master with his hands. He found it seamless to rebuild and engine at the snap of his fingers. He loved filling the bellies of the community and beyond with his finger licking barbecue. Brown also found joy in sharing his talents to the likes of his son, “Papa,” nephew, Torrence “Chunky” Simpson and Willie “Screwball” Fantroy, just to name a few.

Brown leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Linda; daughter, Adrianna of Huntsville; six sons, Anthony of Atmore, Elijah “Bo” and Terrius “Pooh,” both of Orlando, Fla., Terry “Papa,” Thomas Earl “TK” and Justin, all of Atmore; father, Clarence of Evergreen; brothers, David (Brenda) of Little Rock, Ark., Johnny Ray (Yolanda) Brown, Timothy (Sharon) Brown, both of Evergreen, Freddie Brown, Sylvester Brown and Roosevelt Brown, all of Atmore; one sister, Karen (Frazier) Dukes of Acworth, Ga.; grandchildren, Tarus and La’Tarius, both of Huntsville, and Keondre and Ja’Shanae, both of Atmore; two devoted nieces, Veronica Cosby of Richmond, Ind. and Cynthia McCovery of Evergreen; three devoted nephews, Steven Branch of Omaha, Neb., Cornelius Dean “Phat” and Torrence Simpson “Chunky” of Evergreen; three devoted friends, Zollie and Ollie Willis and Willie “Earl J” King, both of Evergreen; and devoted sister in law, Dorothy “Dot” Ollison of Atmore; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were nephews and friends; flower bearers were nieces and cousins; and interment was held in Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery in Evergreen.

A service was held on Jan. 6, 2019, at China Community Center in Evergreen with the Rev. Wayne Nevlous officiating.

Presley-Fluker Funeral Home directed the service.