Obituaries for April 20

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 21, 2003

Jasper Eugene Foshee

Jasper Eugene Foshee, 70, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at his home in Tyler.

Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Chapel of Selma Funeral Home with the Rev. Ed Pickel and the Rev. Wayne Craft officiating and Daniel Parsons sharing in music. Burial will follow in New Live Oak Cemetery with Selma Funeral Home directing.

Email newsletter signup

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Dot Foshee of Tyler; sons, Jackie Foshee of Tyler and Randy Foshee of Selma; daughters, Patricia Mathis (Milton) of Centreville and Ginger Matheny of Raleigh, N.C.; brothers, Gary Foshee of Atlanta, Ga., and Ray Foshee; sisters, Kathy Clark and Darlene Burns of Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Billy Mathis, Jennifer Persons (Daniel) Christina Matheny Westberg, Jason Matheny and Jeremy Matheny.

Active pallbearers are Frankie Dennis, John Wilson, Dale Dunn, Donny Lynn, Billy Mathis and Milton Mathis.

Honorary pallbearers are Assembly of God Men.

Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, at Selma Funeral Home.

Mr. Foshee was a member of Living Waters Church of Valley Grande. He will be missed by his family friends and his church.

Dan Scurlock

Dan Scurlock, 73, of Selma, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at his home.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Chapel of Selma Funeral Home with the Rev. Gordon Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Memory Gardens Cemetery with Selma Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include sons, Wendell F. Scurlock, Willis M. Scurlock (Brenda) and James Donald Scurlock all of Selma; daughters, Glenda F. Day (Billy) and Evon E. Bradberry (Clyde) all of Selma; brother, Jack Smith (Pat) of Selma; sisters, Jean Fondren, of Centreville, Inez Johnson, of Selma, Kay Young, Annie May and Lara Martin of Selma; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Elaine Scurlock.

Active pallbearers are Clyde Bradberry, Rodney Dempsey, Brian Scurlock, James Thrasher, Barry Bradberry and Billy Day.

Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Charles W. Grodsky

Charles W. Grodsky, 62, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at a Selma hospital.

Services was held and burial followed at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 11, at Congregation’s Cemetery on Owens St. (off Virginia Street) with Ascension Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Latham Grodsky of Selma; two sisters, Linda Levy (Bill) of Syracuse, NY, Frances (Irving) of Mobile; and one brother, Irvin (Tern) of Mobile. Also several nieces and nephews and seven step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Zelda Grodsky Perlman.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Research Foundation, Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program, P0 Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

Mr. Grodsky was a well known Mobile business man and sportsman. He owned and operated army and navy surplus goods stores on Old Shell Road and Airport Blvd in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Together with his parents, Herman and Sarah Grodsky, they operated Herman’s Army and Navy Store at 450 Dauphin Street until shortly before Herman Grodsky’s death in 1985. For over five decades Herman’s was the leading outfitter of many generations of campers, hunters, workmen and youngsters going off to college. It was established by Herman Grodsky in 1929.

An avid sportsman, Grodsky operated in the 1970’s a professional basketball team, the Mobile Sportsmen. He had also owned and operated a deep sea fishing charter boat in Orange Beach, a musical booking agency, and until shortly before his death, he was a wholesaler of specialty dietetic candies.

Grodsky, a dedicated golfer and fisherman, was an early supporter of USA’s basketball program and member of the Jag’s Club. A champion greyhound at the Mobile Greyhound Track was named for Grodsky-Charlie G. As Charlie G went on to win numerous races, Grodsky’s pride in his namesake could be seen in his ever-present and contagious smile. In 1975 Charlie G was named as one of the top eight USA racing greyhounds by the American Greyhound Track Operators Association. He was a lifelong member of Congregation Ahavas Chesed.

Thad B. Rollins Sr

Thad B. Rollins Sr., 71, of Texarkana, Ark., formerly of Selma, died Wednesday, April 2004, at a hospital in Texarkana, Ark.

Funeral services were held in Texarkana, Ark.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Moss Rollins of Texarkana; two sons, Thad Rollins Jr. of Texarkana and James (Natalie) RolIins of Cumby, Texas; one daughter, Sheila (Danny) Wilson of Portage, Ind.; two brothers, Donald (Mary) Rollins of Selma, and Robert (Marilyn) Rollins of Hebron, Ind.; three sisters, Mamie (Leon) Kirby of Moulton, Jeannette (Ellis) McIntyre and Mary (Kenneth) Edwards of Selma; parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Jud (Mamie) Rollins; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Rollins was born Feb. 20, 1933, in Bryson City, N.C. He was a retired pile driver and an Army veteran.

Woody Harmon

Woody Harmon, 93, of Demopolis, died Thursday, April 15, 2003, at Woodhaven Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were at noon Monday, April 19, at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Demopolis with the Rev. Marvin Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery with Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis directing.

Lois Nichols Webb

Lois Nichols Webb, 109, of Marion, died Friday, April 7, 2003 at the Perry County Nursing Home.

Graveside services were at 11:30 am. Monday, April 19, at Hopewell Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Teasley officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes directing.

Survivors include four nieces, Virginia England of Selma, Josephine (Lee) Barrett of Lansing, Mich., Mary E. Glass of Gallion, and Mary Katharine (Richard) Avery of Marion; two nephews, Charles (Jenny) Holmes of Marion and Leland (Connie) Hudson of Morgantown, W. Va.; a number of great nieces and nephews.

Webb was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Alexander Webb, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials made be made to Marion United Methodist Church P.O. Box 85, Marion, Al 36756.

Frank Wharton Gaines

Frank Wharton Gaines, Jr., 88, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at his home at Vicars Landing, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Graveside services are at 11 a.m., Friday, April 23, a.m. at New Live Oak Cemetery Selma, with the Rev. Polk Van Zandt officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Lou Burnett Gaines; two sons, Edward Burnett Gaines of Jacksonville, Fla., and Frank Ward Gaines of Takoma Park, Md.; a daughter, Elizabeth Gaines Crosby of Atlanta, Ga; four grandchildren, Jennifer Milam Gaines, Katherine Bowen Crosby, Samuel Gaines Crosby and Julia Osborn Gaines; a nephew, John Carter Maddux of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; and first cousin, Ralph Black, Jr. of Troy.

Family visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, at Lawrence Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Citizen’s Parkway in Selma

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sturdivant Hall, (334) 872-5626.

Mr. Gaines, was an antitrust lawyer who served for 25 years as Associate General Counsel for Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

He was the son of the late Frank Wharton Gaines, Sr. and Elizabeth Black Gaines of Selma.

Mr. Gaines was born on October 30, 1915, and spent his formative years in Selma. He received his B.A. degree with honors from the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1935 and his L.L.B from George Washington University School of Law in 1940.

He was a member of the bars of the U. S. Supreme Court, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.

He began his legal career in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice under Thurman Arnold. In World War II, he was commissioned in the field as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 12th Army Air Corps and was assigned to the Judge Advocate General’s corps in Sienna, Italy.

After military service, he returned to the Department of Justice, leaving in 1948 to become litigating partner in the Washington, D.C. firm of Powell, Lear & Gaines. He was lead attorney for Aloha Airlines, then known as Trans Pacific Airlines, in its four-year suit against Hawaiian Airlines from 1948 to 1952.

In 1952, Mr. Gaines became Associate General Counsel of Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, supervising a staff of lawyers both in New York and Pittsburgh. In 1975, he received the Order of Merit, the company’s highest award.

In 1977, he joined the New York law firm Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O’Donnell & Weyher as a partner and founded the firm’s Washington, D. C. office. He retired from the practice of law in 1990 at the age of 75, and relocated to Ponte Vedra. In the early 1990s, Governor Chiles appointed him to the Pont Vedra Board of Adjustment, where he served two terms.

Laura Anne Johnson-Barrow

Laura Anne Johnson-Barrow, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, in Marietta, Ga.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Pleasant Grove M. B. Church in Marietta, Ga., with the Pastor Benjamin Lockhart Jr. and Min. Terrance Johnson officiating and Hanley Shelton Funeral Home of Marietta, Ga., directing

Survivors include a loving son and daughter, Brit and Dedra Barrow of Marietta, Ga.; mother, Mrs. Doris Jemison Johnson of Selma; three brothers, Clarence Johnson of Hampton, Va., Jessie &8220;Jerry&8221; Johnson of Selma and Terrance Johnson of Marietta. Ga.: three sisters, Della Radford, Doris Jean Dawkins, and Carol Johnson all of Marietta. Ga.; a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Laura’s memory will continue to live in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Barrow, was born June 23, 1956 in Selma. She was the second oldest daughter born to Doris Jemison Johnson and the late J.C. Johnson. Laura was preceded in death by her brother Calvin Johnson.

Laura was educated in the Selma Public School System. In 1978, she graduated from Tuskegee University where she earned a degree in Physics with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after college, with a newfound sense of citizenship. Laura joined the United States Air Force and served her country well. She received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force and later became a Software Engineer with one of the largest defense contractors, Boeing in Seattle. Wash. At the time of her death, she was employed at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Ga., as a senior embedded software engineer.

Laura was a devoted mother for son, Brit, 22 and a daughter Dedra, 18.

Laura was a free spirit who loved life. She loved the game of tennis and played in college. She competed in many tennis tournaments and placed first in Mixed Doubles in the Cobb County Omega Psi Phi chapter’s annual tennis competition. Laura was an avid skier and traveled the world to enjoy the sport she loved. She was a member of the Southern Snow Seekers Ski Club and encouraged family and friends to join her on many outings.

Laura Anne, as she was affectionately called, loved people. She was never a stranger to anyone. She was a woman of profound wisdom, a giving spirit, and a supporter of all, a loving mother, beloved daughter, and devoted sister.