Obituaries for Wed., May 22, 2019

Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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James E. Dukes Jr.

Bro. James E. “Jimmy” Dukes Jr., 72, of Daphne, passed away on May 19, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Selma on Aug. 8, 1946, to the late James E. Sr. and Virginia Sparks Dukes who precede him in death.

He attended Auburn University and served in the Army National Guard. He owned and operated Good Works Construction Co. for over 39 years. He served as a pastor for Judson Baptist Church for over 27 years and was the pastor at Spanish Trail Baptist Church.

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He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rheada Luker Dukes of Daphne; one son, Jed (Cathy) Dukes of Atmore; two daughters, Tara Brooks (Joe Lewis) of Daphne and Shelley LaFever of Daphne; two sisters, Marty (Lacy) Weaver of Booneville and Sissy (Greer) Horton of Brewton; his brother, Frank (Teri) Dukes of Opelika; five grandchildren, Dillon, Brady, Selina, Savannah and Blaze; and three great-grandchildren, Zani, Zayden, Braylon, Sophia and Baylor.

Funeral services will be held this Fri., May 24, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Davis and Bro. Otis Thames officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Leo Luker III, Jonathan Luker, Stevie Luker, Lacy Weaver, Joe Lewis, Brady Rolin and Pedro Dominguez.

Visitation will be held tomorrow, Thurs., May 23, 2019, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. from at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles D. Bryan

Ret. Lt. Col. Charles D. Bryan, born Oct. 13, 1928, died peacefully at his home in Mobile on May 18, 2019.

He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Louise Strickland Bryan; two sons, Chuck Bryan (Bonnie) of Mobile and Ret. Lt. Col. Gary D. Bryan (Connie) of Las Vegas, N.V. (formerly of Pensacola, Fla.); four grandchildren, Charles L. Bryan Jr. (Julie) of Fairhope, Layne Bryan Abee (Aaron) of Smithville, Texas, Lt. Col. Marcus Bryan (Tracie) of Pensacola and Sara Bryan of Las Vegas; seven great-grandchildren, Christopher, Haley and Alyssa Bryan of Pensacola, Jackson and Thompson Bryan of Fairhope and Conrad and Bella Abee of Smithville.

Charles was born in McCullough and served his country as a Marine in World War II, served in the Army for the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. He was awarded three Bronze Stars and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha. He also served his state as deputy commissioner of prisons and served his church, Walnut Hill Baptist Church as a deacon and other positions.


Charles was a devoted husband who married his childhood sweetheart and was married for 73 years. He was a devoted father who loved his family. He was the last surviving member from a large family of seven siblings. He was a loving uncle and loved spoiling his grandchildren. He even loved his grand dogs.

After retiring from the military from a career that took him overseas and all over the country, he came home to Walnut Hill. He loved fishing with his brothers, witnessing to those in need, he loved to travel and was an avid reader, keeping Tom Clancy on the top of the best seller list. He loved his Alabama Crimson Tide and above all, he was a man of God.

Funeral arrangements are handled by Johnson Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore. Visitation and the funeral service will be held from Walnut Hill Baptist Church with interment at the Walnut Hill Baptist Cemetery today, Wed., May 22, 2019. Family viewing is at 11:30 and general public from noon until 2. Funeral services will begin at 2.

Pallbearers are Skip Bryan, Danny Bryan, Steve Bryan, Brett Ward, Rob Faircloth and Wesley Foster.

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

Evelyn G. Woodson

Evelyn Graham Woodson, 91, a former resident of Marion, Atmore and Magnolia Springs, passed away at a nursing facility in Birmingham on May 11, 2019.

She was born Dec. 27, 1927, in Canoe, to Paul Taylor Graham and Gladys Lee Graham. She graduated from Escambia County High School in Atmore in 1946, and from the University of Alabama in 1950. Following graduation and for her entire career spanning over 30 years, she was employed by the Auburn University Extension Service as a home agent in Marion.

She married Claude S. Woodson Jr. in 1991, and they resided in Magnolia Springs until his death in 2013. Mrs. Woodson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, John Wesley Graham.

Survivors include a sister in law, Mary Helen Graham; nephews, John Wesley Graham Jr. (Jennifer), Anthony Scott Graham (Jose N. Arreguin) and Paul Thomas Graham (Evelyn); great nephews, Andrew Julian Graham, Carl Thomas Graham, Samuel Taylor Graham, George Gonzalez Graham, Jack Martin Graham and Thomas Bowab Graham; and a great-niece, Anne Cadman Graham. Additional survivors include her husband’s children, Claude S Woodson III, Annette Woodson Mitchell and Emily Woodson Frank.

A graveside service will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Atmore at a later date.

The family requests tributes and memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Alabama Chapter Birmingham Office (2151 Highland Avenue #210; Birmingham, Alabama 35205).

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Abbie M. Fletcher

Abbie Mae Fletcher, 83, of Atmore, died peacefully in her sleep on Fri., May 17, 2019, at Atmore Community Hospital.

Abbie was born June 4, 1935 in Atlanta, Ga. She lived most of her life in Irwin County, Ga. and Americus, Ga., but moved to Atmore seven years ago.

She was retired from Textron, Inc., an automotive parts manufacturer. She owned and operated the Hamburger Hut in Ocilla, Ga. for several years, earning regional acclaim, including a feature in Georgia magazine, for her cooking, especially her biscuits, dumplings and strawberry shortcake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William P. and Lucy Stephens Canter; by her siblings, Barbara Boyles, Patricia Armstrong and Billy Canter; and by her former husband, Bobby Fletcher.

She is survived by a sister, Sherrall Clements of Jayess, Miss.; her children, Don Fletcher of Atmore, Carlton Fletcher of Albany, Ga. and Cathy Fletcher of Pensacola, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Claire Fletcher of Mobile, Steve Fletcher of Jasper, Jordan Cannon and Hannah Fletcher, both of Albany, Erin Spinks of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Laura, Daniel and Mark Fletcher of Leesburg, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Sam, Lillian and Amelia Fletcher of Jasper; a sister in law, Faye Canter of Enigma, Ga.; and her closest friend, Daphine Peavy of Ocilla.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Fletcher, Randy Fulford, Randy Hancock, Robert Clements, Rusty Wynegar, Kevin Boyles, Huey Hess, Jimmy Steward, Sean Swetnam, Mike Gattis and Josh Clements.

A visitation will be held at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, 1322 S. Main St. in Atmore today, Wed., May 22. Family and her closest friends will gather at 5 p.m., and full visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m.

She will be buried this Sat., May 25, 2019, at Mount Paron Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, off Ga. Hwy. 129 in Berrien County, Ga. A pre-burial visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on that date at Paulk Funeral Home, 201 W. Fourth St., in Ocilla. Graveside services will follow, with pastors Trey Hess and Charles Stephens officiating.

Abbie loved roses, so the family asks that, in lieu of floral arrangement, those who attend the visitations bring a single rose with them or make a memorial donation to the charity of his or her choice.

Abbie was loved dearly and will be missed by all who knew her. Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home and Paulk Funeral Home are sharing the arrangements.

Marvin L. Sanders

Marvin Lewis Sanders, 79, of Bratt, Fla. passed away on Sun., May 19,2019 in Century, Fla. He was a paper maker with Plastic Coated Paper Co., born in Robinsonville on March 31, 1940 to the late A.D. and Maggieleen Marrow Sanders. He was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ.

Preceded by his parents; and a daughter, Nelline Steel.

Survivors are his wife of 57 years, Rita Berry Sanders of Bratt, Fla.,; one son, Michael Eric (Jill) Sanders of Bell, Fla; two sisters, Louverne Starkie of Century and Mary Ethel Smith of Brewton; two grandchildren, Richard Kyle (Myah) Sanders and Deborah Marie (Ryan) Moore; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be today, Wed., May 22, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

Samuel E. Killam

Mr. Samuel Edgar “Red” Killam, 92, passed away on Sat., May 18, 2019, in Century, Fla.

Mr. Killam was a native and life long resident of Byrneville, Fla. Mr. Killam was self employed as a farmer, enjoyed working with his cows, gardening and a veteran of World War II, and was of the Assembly of God Faith. He worked with Smith Construction and was employed with Jack Smith as a carpenter. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sibyl Killam; mother, Dora Lee Killam; father, Sam Killam; and nephew, Bubba Hayles.

He is survived by his brother, John Elton (Betty) Killam of Byrneville; two sisters, Evelyn Killam of Byrneville and Earlene Hayles of Lottie; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Thurs., May 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Beulah Chapel Assembly of God Church with Bro. Tim Floyd officiating.

Burial will follow at the Beulah Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 10:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM at the Beulah Chapel Assembly of God Church.


Pallbearers will be Vic Killam, Vince Killam, Joey Killam, Kelby Killam, Blaine Waltman and Mike Beals.

Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold Burkett, Levon Little, Herman Armstrong, Charles Smith, Charles Steadham and Raymond Wiggins.

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

Paul M. Austin

Funeral service for Mr. Paul M. Austin, 71, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Perdido, will be announced by Turner Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Austin fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on May 17, 2019, in Baltimore.