Obituaries for Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Published 5:33 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Patrick Lavay Bercant

Patrick Lavay Bercant was born on July 6, 1960, to the late Clara (John) Bercant of Stockton. He was a member of Greater St. John Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be held this Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Greater St. John Baptist Church in Stockton.

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He was preceded in death by his four sisters, Claretha (Jack) Maye, Joannie Cooks, Machelle Bercant (Josh) Scott and Bertha Wallette; and two grandchildren, Daveon Townsend and Journee Scott.

Patrick was a loving father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He leaves to his memories three children, Kimberly Scott of Huntsville, Patrick Scott of Huntsville and Denise (David) Townsend of Huntsville; seven grandchildren, TiKashia Scott, Myeria Phillips, Quanishia Scott, Shyquanwa Scott, Brianna Phillips, David Townsend III and Patrick Scott Jr.; one great-grandchild, Sa’nyla Tolbert; four sisters, Ethel (Jerome) Chaumley of Pontiac Mich., Gracie Bassette of Detroit, Mich., Mavis Bercant of Pontiac and Kim (Thomas) Burnett of Bay Minette; three brothers George Bercant of Detroit, Arthur (Pamela) Bercant of Stockton and Spencer (Juanita) Bercant of Bay Minette; one devoted aunt, Alma Nye of Augusta, Ga.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he considered family as well who he loved dearly.

Pallbearers were Shaun Brown, Jermaine Scott, Anthony Bercant, Sherell Bercant, Ronnie Brown and Tyree Brown.

Honorary pallbearers are Arthur Curtis Bercant, Spencer Tracey Bercant and George Bercant.

Flowerbearers include family and friends.

Interment will be held at Stockton Memorial Cemetery.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Mayberry Funeral Home, 149 Carver Ave., Atmore, AL 36502.


Dorothy Annette Lane

Dorothy Annette Lane, 69, of Atmore, passed away on Tues., Jan. 15, 2019, in Bay Minette.

She was a homemaker, born in Atmore on June 27, 1949, to the late Willie and Annie Presley McCurdy.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Billy Gene Lane.

Survivors are two sons, Chris McCurdy of Atmore and Billy (Malaree) Lane of Poarch; one daughter, Naomi Lane of Atmore; one brother, Wayne (Mavis) McCurdy of Atmore; one sister, Annie (Danny) Stough of Atmore; and three grandchildren, Trey Lane, Hyatt Lane and Shiloh Lane.

Services were held Jan. 18, 2019, from Poarch Baptist Church, with Roger Grandstaff officiating. Interment was held in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Cameron Murphy, Doug Murphy, Jim McMorris, Chris Kimbrel, Ricky McGhee and Mal McGhee.

Family received friends Jan. 17, 2019, at Poarch Baptist Church.

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


Edna Glenn Thornton

Mrs. Edna Glenn Thornton, 78, passed away on Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, at her home in Byrneville, Fla.

She was a native of Molino, Fla. and had resided in Byrneville for most of her life.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Thornton Sr.

She is survived by one son, Richard (Lena) Thornton Jr. of Pace, Fla.; three daughters, Peggy Sue Settle of Spartanburg, S.C., Johnnie Elizabeth Thornton of Tulsa, Okla. and Lillie Diane (John) de Jarnette of Byrneville; two brothers, Danny Glenn of Perdido and Roy Gene (Renee) of Clinton, La.; three sisters, Judy (Joe) Phillips of Jacksonville, Fla., Donna Reaves of McDavid, Fla. and Charlene (James) Cruz of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. this Sat., Jan. 26, from Byrneville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris Hawkins officiating.

Burial will follow at Byrneville United Methodist Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service time Jan. 26, 2019 at the Byrneville United Methodist Church.

Pallbearers will be Richard Thornton III, Clay Helton Jr., Ricky Derik Cofield, Randy Murph, Alan Driskell and Allen Holland.

Honorary pallbearer will be Briley Beers.

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

Emma Delorise Shumock Bingham

Mrs. Emma Delorise Shumock Bingham, 83, of Atmore, passed away on Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, at Atmore Community Hospital.

She was born in Perdue Hill on May 26, 1935, to John and Emma Shumock. She had been a resident of Atmore since 2009. She worked as a sewing machine operator for a clothing manufacturing company for several years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Shumock and Emma McQueen Shumock; her husbands, Fred Rhoades and Donald Bingham; one son, Bruce Seay; and two daughters, Barbara Seay Scott and Shela Seay Smith.

Survivors include her son, Fred Alvin Rhoades and wife, Sharon, of Milton, Fla.; two sisters, Willionease Webb Trauner of Frisco City and Edna Ruth Janak of Sacramento, Calif.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, from Monroe Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy House officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Frisco City. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today, Jan 23, at the funeral home.

Please share your condolences online by signing Mrs. Bingham’s guestbook at


Mary Geneta Woods

Mrs. Mary Geneta Woods, 80, passed away on Mon., Jan. 21, 2019 at North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette.

She was a native of Pike County, a resident of Uriah for the past 73 years and a member of the Semirah Springs Freewill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucious and Ancie Bell Register Thomas; a grandson, Jason Sturdivant; four brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Woods of Uriah; three sons, David Woods and wife, Mary, of Uriah, Mike Woods of McCullough, and Jimmy Woods and wife, Jane of Poarch; eight grandchildren, Kyna McDonald and husband, Michael, Joey Sturdivant and wife, Chrissy, Michael Woods and wife, Crystal, Nicole Lambert, Denise Fullerton and husband, Phillip, Jessica Williams and husband, Jacob, Ryan Woods and wife, Jessica and Allison Woods; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ellen Turman and husband, Eddie of Houchton, Ga.; and a brother, Jerry Thomas and wife, Sue of Frisco City.

Funeral services will be held at noon this Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, from Semirah Springs Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Clifton Buchanan officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Friday at the church. Burial will follow at Semirah Springs Cemetery.

Please share your condolences online by signing Mrs. Woods guestbook at


Helton Ray Peebles

Mr. Helton Ray “Sonny” Peebles, 77, passed away on Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, in Pensacola, Fla.

He was a native of Bratt, Fla. and had resided in Flomaton for the past 41 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, avid fisherman and camper. He retired with the U.S. Navy with 20 years of service, retired from Addico in Brewton with 20 years of service and attended the Osaka Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Marguerite Peebles; and brother, Bud Peebles.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Claudia Marie Peebles of Flomaton; two sons, Luther Ray (Ammie) Peebles of Stapleton and Brain Karl (Daphne) Peebles of Stapleton; four granddaughters, Stevie (Isaiah) Day, Elizabeth (JD) Duddy, Whitney Thompson and Brianna Peebles; and six great-grandchildren, McKinleigh, Alayna, Everly, Kaiden, Kasen and Rylie.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Ricky Peebles officiating.

Burial will follow at Traveler’s Rest Cemetery.

Visitation was held Jan. 22, 2019 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dewayne Gresham, Mike Howington, Donald Gresham, Michael Gresham, Jason Peebles and Ronald Peebles.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Knowles, Robert Smith and Hughey Gresham.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Osaka Freewill Baptist Church in his honor.

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


Janice Ann Johnson Dietz

Mrs. Janice Ann Johnson Dietz, 72, passed away Tues., Jan. 15, 2019, at her home in Century, Fla.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Century. She was an avid fisherman and hunter. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mickey and Elmar Johnson; and two brothers, Donald Dewayne Johnson and Mickey Raymond Johnson.

She is survived by her daughter, Dana (Rodney) Burkett of Century; three grandchildren, Heath Burkett, Miranda Burkett and Mazie Burkett; and two great-grandchildren, Hayden Burkett and Kenzie Burkett.

Funeral services were held Jan. 18, 2019 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Elder Richard Ash officiating.

Burial followed at McCurdy Cemetery.

Visitation was held from Jan. 17 from the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Randall Hollingshead, Steve Stanton, Bud Campbell, Charlie Brown, James Campbell, Randy Sims and Billy Campbell.

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


Maria Peterson

Maria “Skippy” Peterson, 94, a native of Antigo, Wisc. and a resident of Lillian, passed away on Mon., Jan. 14, 2019.

I am writing my own obituary to thank God, my loving family, friends, relatives, neighbors, fellow Catholics, teacher colleagues, medical personnel, including pharmacists, and staff who do the paperwork, Lillian residents and snowbirds; all the kind people who helped me arrive here at death’s door, a happy woman.

Although born in Antigo, from the age of 2, I grew up in Atmore, a southerner who graduated from Auburn University as a chemical engineer and whose nightlife had spent with the Auburn Players theatrical group.

I started my career at St. Regis Paper Mill, and enjoyed my many years teaching at Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida. My love of birthdays led to a list of birthdays of people I knew personally for each of the 365 days of the year, even Feb. 29.

This led to the publication of the “Duchac Dailey.” I wrote and sent this message to all my relatives and friends. “When the spirit moved me and the flesh was willing.”

I have a love of learning, am a voracious reader, traveled quite a bit with Lyle and attended many educational Elder Hotels. My travels included refreshing visits to Deep Woods Lakes in Wisconsin near my birthplace. For 54 years, I have been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Lillian community and participated in many capacities, including the ACCW, the Lillian Paper and Lillian Library, Girl Scouts, Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parades, choir and parish council. I have enjoyed these endeavors and this journey on earth with all of you.

Preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Hugh Peterson, who passed away in 2012; a sister, Aileen; and brothers, Joseph and Duke David.

I am survived by our five children and their families, Clancy and Larry O’Donnell with Kevin, Colleen (Joel) with great-granddaughter, Quinn Riley, Shannon with great-grandson, Kellen, Gregory Peterson and son, Damian, Lyetta and Rich Griffin with Jeffery and David (Sammy), Anita and John Sanford with Paul and Rachel (Brad) and Bret and Lisa Peterson with Brian, Mark and Amy. I am also survived by my nieces, Jahala and Janine Woods; and my nephew, Ronald Duchac.

A memorial mass for Skippy will be held at 12:30 p.m. this Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, at from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lillian. A reception meal will follow at the Parish Hall.

Flowers can be sent to the church or memorials may be made to Mary’s Shelter in Elberta or the Lillian Library.

Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc.


Mary Frances Akins

Mary Frances Akins, 72, of Booneville, passed away on Jan. 20, 2019.

She was born to the late Braxton and Ola Mae Byrd Booker in Goodway on June 22, 1946.

Her parents preceded her in death.

She was an active member of Booneville Baptist Church, where she played piano for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Akins of Booneville; two sons, Timothy B. (Tracy) Akins of Gulf Shores and Daniel Akins of New Orleans, La.; three grandchildren, Laura Akins, Oliva Akins, Braxton Akins; and one great-grandchild Brooks Hadley.

Funeral services were held Jan. 22, 2019, from the Booneville Baptist Church with Bro. David Atchison officiating. Burial followed in Booneville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Mickey Akins, Harry Akins, John Akins, Andy Akins, Medor Akins and Joe Helton.

Visitation was held Jan. 22, 2019 from the Booneville Baptist Church.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Teresa Kay Robinson

Teresa Kay Robinson (Terri), 63, of Atmore, died Jan. 14, 2019 in Pensacola, Fla.

She was born July 6, 1955, in Atmore, the daughter of the late Edward Straughn “Babe” and Catherine Roberts Robinson.

She was a graduate of Escambia Academy, the University of South Alabama, Mobile and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Canoe. She worked many years in retail with Jerry’s Hardware and K-Mart. She enjoyed traveling and participating in mission trips.

She is survived by numerous cousins of the Roberts and Robinson families, including Carol Rafalski; cousin and caregiver of Milton, Fla.; and special friend, Linda Mills of Atmore.

A graveside service was held Jan. 17 at the Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Waylon Stuckey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; Gideons International, P.O. Box 556, Atmore, AL 36504; or a charity of your choice.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.