Obituaries for Sunday, March 20

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 20, 2005

William Presley Gallagher

William Presley Gallagher, 79, born July 5, 1925, in Selma, AL was called home by the Lord on March 11, 2005, following a brief illness.

Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Peggye; two sons, Flynt Gallagher and his wife Sherry and Michael Gallagher; two grandsons, Kyler and Kendall; one granddaughter, Kelsey; sisters, Gloria Martin and her husband John of New Orleans, La., and Angela Parsons and husband Lewis of Tallahassee; a host family and friends.

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He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. William (Bertie) Gallagher of Selma.

Pres, as he was affectionately known, was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Navy and a 55-year resident of the Pensacola and Gulf Breeze area. He graduated from Florida State University after attending Marion Military Institute and the University of Alabama. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, a charter member of the Gulf Breeze Optimist Club and a founding partner of Creel, Bryan and Gallagher CPA firm in Pensacola.

He was a man who had a love for fishing and woodworking. His favorite hobby, however, was helping people. Pres was a source of joy to all he came in contact with and he never met a stranger. He was a very generous spirit who loved to help others in need, wherever he found them. A close friend was quoted saying, “I never met a man loved by so many.” Pres will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Gulf Breeze.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to his favorite local charities; Loaves and Fishes, Manor Food Bank, Caring and Sharing and Covenant Hospice.

Edward Harris

Edward Harris, 62, a resident of Letohatchee, AL died March 18, 2005.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 2:30 PM at the Bell Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Hayneville Cemetery with Bell Funeral Home directing.

Ethel Vick Friday

Ethel Vick Friday, age 83, died Thursday March 17, 2005, in a Linden nursing home. Funeral services will be Sunday March 20, 2005, at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home officiated by Dr. Kenny Hatcher and directed by Lawrence Funeral Home.

Mrs. Friday is survived by her son, William Joseph (Kathryn) Friday of Linden; three grandchildren, Felicia (Rick) Arnold of Montgomery, Kelly (Robin) Hudson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and William Joseph (Jennifer) Friday, Jr. of Montgomery, 4 great-grandchildren, brothers, Walter Earl Vick and George Willard (Virginia) Vick; sisters, Ira Dell Brown and Lillian Irene (Dick) Clibrey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L Friday, and sisters, Laura Gates and Vera Dickson. She was a loving aunt to all her many nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be Joey Friday, Robin Hudson, John Clibrey, Rick Arnold, Josh Roberts, and Steve Friday.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

James Cobb

James Cobb, 52, of Lawley, passed away March 16, 2005.

Services scheduled for 2pm., Saturday, March 19 at the Assembly of God with Pastor E. Smith officiating. Burial is at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Rockco’s Funeral Home directing.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Kathy, of 18 years and a host of relatives and friends.

We will dearly miss you.

Jane Shelton

Mrs. Jane Randolph Smith Johnston Shelton of 218 Glen Eagles Rd West, Statesville, NC died Thursday, March 17, 2005 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mrs., Shelton was born January 31, 1931 in Selma, Alabama and was the daughter of the late Royal Randolph Smith and Janie Moring Little Smith. She

attended Selma public schools and graduated cum laude at Salem College. She was preceded in death by her first husband James William Johnston, Jr. who died in 1978. Jane and Bill were married on September 4,1953 in Selma, Ala.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesville,

NC and Saint Marys of the Hills, Blowing Rock, NC. She was a member of the Vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church. She was a Real Estate Broker with Hunter Realty in Statesville, NC. Jane served as a volunteer with United Way, Meals on Wheels and the American Red Cross. She served on the Board of Directors of BB&T and was a member of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina.

On December 4,1998, she was married to William “Sonny” Garland Shelton of Statesville, who survives In addition to her husband, Mrs. Shelton is survived by her two sons, James William Johnston, III and wife Brenning Cheatham Johnston of Statesville, Royal Randolph Smith Johnston and wife Grace Warren Johnston of Greensboro, NC, one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Johnston Richards and husband, James Prioleau Richards II of Davidson, NC, five grandsons, James William Johnston, IV, Theodore Cheatham

Johnston of Statesville, William Grey Johnston of Greensboro, Richard Evans Richards II, James Prioleau Richards III of Davidson, three granddaughters, Elizabeth Brenning Johnston of Statesville, Jane Randolph Johnston and Adrienne Bowen Johnston of Greensboro, one sister, Bessie Bradshaw Smith Ratcliffe and husband Jefferson Goode Ratcliffe, Jr. of Selma, Ala., one nephew, Jefferson Goode Ratcliffe, III of Selma, Ala., and one niece, Janie Ratcliffe Baker of Fairhope, Ala.

Jane was a wonderful and devoted wife. She was a great Mom, who loved her grandchildren and taught them so much about life. She was a friend and inspiration to many. We will miss her smile, her sense of humor, and her compassion for everyone she met.

Memorial funeral services will be held Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 3:00 P.M. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 801 Henkel Rd, Statesville, NC 28677. Following the memorial funeral service, a private family graveside will be held at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Bradley Mullis officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home of Jim and Re Johnston, 222 N. Race St., Statesville, NC on Saturday, March 19, 2005, from 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Memorials may be made to The Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Shelton.

Thomas Shaw

Shaw, Thomas F., 42, a resident of Selma, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, from injuries received in an automobile accident. “Tommy” was a long-time employee at the State of Alabama Department of Transportation, most recently in the 4th Division in Alex City.

Memorial services will be held Monday, March 21, 2005, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Children’s Home Chapel in Selma with the Rev. Ron Wilson officiating.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Dr. Judy Manning, South Central Regional Director of the United Methodist Children’s Home; grandmother, Mettie Weldon; his mother, Sue Beasley; and his son, Tommy Shaw of Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chapel Memorial fund at the United Methodist Children’s Home.

Southern Memorial/ Brooks-Cargile Funeral Home is directing.