Obituaries for Dec. 16
Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 15, 2005
Thomas J. “Red” LeMaster
Thomas J. “Red” LeMaster, age 79, of Cantonment, FL passed away peacefully in his sleep and surrounded by family at Baptist Hospital on Tuesday, December 13, 2005.
T .J .was born in Chambers
County, Alabama on July 14, 1926.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated from Valley High School in Alabama.
He received his undergraduate degrees from Livingston University and his graduate degrees from the University of Alabama, Auburn University and FSU.
He began teaching and coaching in 1950 in Elmore County, AL. His career carried him to Ashford High School, Uniontown High School, and Flomaton High School in Alabama where he started his administrative career.
He moved back to Uniontown and served as School Principal before moving to Orrville High School in 1963.
In 1970 he moved to Pensacola, FL and began working for the School District of Escambia County under then Superintendent J .E. “Bud” Hall.
He had a total of 44 years in education throughout Alabama and Pensacola.
He is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and a honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa.
After his retirement, he spent time fishing, hunting, gardening, serving the community in a variety of organizations and selling real estate.
He most enjoyed being with his family, following his grandchildren’ s activities, bragging about their accomplishments and Alabama Football.
T.J. was an active member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church where he served in numerous leadership positions.
He was also a member of the Pensacola Civitan Club, Retired Teachers’ Association, Bream Fisherman Association, Gideons International, Myrtle Grove Masonic Lodge #352, F.& A.M., Scottish Rite, Hadji Shrine Temple and Horse Creek Hunting Club.
He loved being active in the community especially his Civitan work with the Developmentally Handicapped.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Ross and Clara Carr LeMaster; special Aunt Jessie Mae Carr; sisters, Essie B. Shepherd and Frances LeMaster; and brothers, Paul and James LeMaster.
He is survived by his wife, Willene Smith LeMaster; sons, Bill LeMaster and David (Vicki) LeMaster; daughters, Gloria (Hootie) LeMaster, Sue (David) Wilder and Jeanne (Robert) Pilgrim; nine grandchildren, Kimberly, Ryan and Ashley Wilder, Jeremy and Shannon LeMaster, Summer and Beth Pilgrim, and T .J. II and Jacob LeMaster; his mother-in-law; Maggie Smith; several sisters and brothers-in-laws; and numerous favorite nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Faith Chapel South from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2005.
A celebration of T.J.’s life will be held Friday, December 16, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Andrew United Methodist Church with Reverend Johnny Johnson officiating.
A private burial for family and close friends will be at Forest Springs Cemetery in Morvin, Alabama on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Ball, Johnny Middleton, Michael Smith, Zeke Smith, Jerry Coley and Ben Sherrod.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Pensacola Civitan Club and the St. Andrew United Methodist Men.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.
A special heartfelt thanks goes to his caretakers and the staff of the 1st floor Cardiology Unit at Baptist Hospital.
Willie George Austin
Willie George (Butch) Austin, 54, a resident of Decatur, Georgia died Saturday, December 10, 2005.
Services will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Tabernacle of Praise in Selma with Miller’s Funeral Home directing.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service.
Survivors include two daughters, Parmie Woods (Charles) and Monique Hester (Arthur Lee) of Selma; two sons, Maurice Freeman and Jamel Stokes, both of Cleveland, OH; eight grandchildren, Keedrick, Jazzmin, Keevan, Joyden, Keenan, Cortney Woods, all of Selma; Nautica Underwood and Sharice Rand, of Cleveland, OH; a special friend, Charmaine Kendrick of Decatur, GA; mother, Ida L. Austin, of Selma; three sisters, Hattie M. Austin Martin Mayes (Archie), of Buffalo, NY; Gloria Austin and Mattie Barlow, both of Selma; three brothers, Irby Austin of Stone Mountain, GA; Rev. Anthony Austin of Selma, and Johnny Suttles of Cincinnati, OH, one sister-in-law, Josey Barlow, of Cleveland, OH; two uncles, Arthur Hardy of Selma, and Claude Young of Lexington, KY; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins and friends.
Thereasa Carter of Orrville, Alabama died December 15, 2005 at home.
Services will be announced at a later date by Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.
Daisy Body, 98, of Midfield, Alabama died December 13, 2005.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 1:30p.m at the Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. C.A. Bennett officiating. Burial in Fort
Deposit Cemetery with Bell Funeral Home Directing.
Willie B. Anderson
Ms. Willie B. Anderson of Marion Junction, Alabama died December 15, 2005 at a local hospital.
Services will be announced at a later date by Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.
Rev. Dr. Percy
Rev. Dr. Percy McInnis Dixon, age 61,
native of Cleveland,
Ohio, he lived in Selma,
AL from 1969-1980 and lived in Jackson, MS until he passed on Wed., Nov. 2, 2005. Funeral Services were Nov. 7, 1pm in Jackson, MS at the Christ Temple Church of Christ Holiness USA with Rev. Lance Chancy, officiating and Minister Benjamin Paul Dixon, eulogist.
He was joined in holy matrimony to Rosemary MaGee on June
11,1965 and unto this union six children were born: three sons and three daughters.
Rev. Dr. Percy M. Dixon, whose passion for Jesus Christ and the Word of god ultimately touched the lives of an immeasurable amount of people, will be missed greatly. Up until the minute God called him home; he could not and would not slow down his ministry and servitude for Jesus Christ.
The Late Rev. Dr. Percy M. Dixon, was president, producer and director of “The Soul of Selma” gospel show on WSLA-TV every Sunday morning 8am from 1974-1980. The Dixon Gospel Singers; Daniel Effinger, Angelia K. Leak, Bessie Pearl, Erma Dean Robinson, Essie Marshall, & Betty Edwards would like to thank Rev. Dr. Percy M. Dixon for being a good pastor, mentor and friend. For more information call Ms. Robinson 334-875-6597.
Mr. Clarence Benison, 87, of Demopolis, Alabama passed December 10, 2005 at Bryan Whitfield Hospital, Demopolis, Alabama.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 11:00a.m at the St. Paul Baptist Church,
Demopolis, Alabama. Rev. Charlie Moore, Eulogist. Interment will follow in Limestone
Cemetery, Gallion, Alabama. The remains will repose at the church on Saturday beginning at 10:00a.m.
Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama entrusted with arrangements.
Samuel Green of Marion, Alabama died December 15, 2005 at DCH.
Services will be announced at a later date by Miller Funeral Home.
Queen E. McDaniel
Queen E. McDaniel, 80, of Selma, Alabama passed Monday, December 12, 2005 at her home.
Services are scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 1:00p.m at Faith Tabernacle (old Montgomery Hwy) officiated by Pastor Jemison. Burial will follow at Zion MP Church Cemetery. Directed by Lewis Brothers.
Survivors include two sons Walter (Deberal) McDaniel, Jr., and Wilbert (Debra) McDaniel; six daughters Mrs. Juanita Robinson, Alice (Jimmy) Shelton, Mrs. Quentine Jones, Janice (Ellis) Smiley, Beatrice (Issac) Relph and Pinkie (Michael) Fitts; one sister Susie Thomas; 20 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
The visitation will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 from 6:00-7:00p.m at Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.
Edna M. Scott
Mrs. Edna M. Scott, 66, of Demopolis, Alabama passed December 11, 2005 at Woodhaven Manor Nursing Home, Demopolis, Alabama.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 12:00 noon at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, Demopolis, Alabama. Interment will follow in Scott Memorial
Cemetery, Jefferson, Alabama. The remains will repose at Kingdom Hall on Saturday beginning at 11:00a.m.
Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama entrusted with arrangements.
Preston E. McCoullough
Preston E. McCoullough, 39, of Snyder, OK died December 13, 2005 in Synder.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Walker Mortuary.
Earnest Graves, 86, of Ft. Deposit died December 11, 2005.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 12:00 noon at Clover Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Lanorris Jones officiating. Burial in
Clover Hill Cemetery with Bell Funeral Home directing.
Ella Mae Smith
Ella Mae Smith, 67, of Selma, Alabama passed on December 10, 2005 at Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.
Services are scheduled for December 17, 2005 at 12:00 noon at Ward Chapel A.M.E. (809 Philpot Ave) officiated by Rev. Michael Henson. Burial will be at Grove Hill. Directed by Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.
Survivors include one daughter, Venita Smith Harris; two brothers, Leo Smith and Charles Smith; 2 nephews, 1 aunt, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Active pallbearers are Randy Holmes, Fredrick Judkins, John Tompkins, Anthony Bennett, and Christopher Brown. Honorary Pallbearers are the Ward
Chapel A.M.E. Church family.
Ms. Ella Mae Smith was a member of Ward Chapel A.M.E Church, where she was a dedicated member and worker. She served on many committees and boards.
She was also active in the community, writing and performing skits and dramatic presentations.
She retired in 2005 from American Apparel as a household technician.
Ms. Smith was a kind and compassionate person. She never met a stranger.
She will be truly missed by her daughter, family, friends and church.
Emma Lee Laister
Emma Lee Laister, 71, of Selma, Alabama died December 12, 2005 at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.
Services are scheduled for December 17, 2005 at 12:00 noon at Shady Grove Baptist Church (Barker), with Rev. R.L. Tolbert officiating the service. Burial will be at Elmwood.
Directed by Millers Funeral Home.
Survivors include two sons Gary E. Laister and Hayward Laister; two daughters Belzoria Williams and Linda Culpepper; one brother Gary Sturdivant; one sister Mary S. Edwards; six grandchildren, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, two sisters-in-law, eight nephews and 8 nieces.
Baby Jenkins of Ft. Deposit died December 12, 2005.
Graveside services will be held Friday, December 16, 2005 at 1:00p.m with Pastor Nathaniel Holloway officiating. Burial in Cooks Cemetery with Bell Funeral Home Directing.
Recardo (Ricky) Jackson, 54, of Selma, Alabama died December 12, 2005 at Warren Manor Nursing Home.
Services are scheduled for December 17, 2005 at 1:00p.m at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Leslie Seals Jr., officiating the service. Survivors include his wife Florence Ford Jackson; 5 step sons, Eddie Tyrone Ford, Henry E. Ford, Rufus Ford, Charlie Ford Jr., and Thomas Anthony Ford; one step daughter Shirley Thompson; one brother Andrew Jackson; one sister Jeanetta Brickerstaff. Directed by Millers Funeral Home.
Johnnie O. McCary
Mr. Johnnie O. McCary, 90, of Selma, Alabama died December 12, 2005 at Vaughan Regional Hospital.
Services are scheduled for December 17, 2005 at 12:00 noon at Miller Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Earl L. Butler officiating. Burial in New Hope, Randolph, Alabama. Directed by Millers Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife Johnnie McCary; two stepdaughters Lisa McMillian and Gwendolyn Brown; four step sons Donnie Hunter, Alvin McMillian, Kendrick McMillian and Robert McMillian; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Joe Oliver Hunter
Joe Oliver Hunter, 59, died Friday, December 9, 2005 in Detroit, MI.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 16, 2005 at 12:00 noon at the Liberty Temple Baptist Church in Detroit. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 1:00p.m at Christian Light Baptist Church
Cemetery, Safford with Rev. Evelyn Mann officiating. J.H.Williams & Sons Funeral Home, directing.
He is survived by his wife, Ora Mann Hunter; daughter Joslyn Solomon (Ernest); son Lorenzo Jordan (Shannel) and Grandson Lorenzo Jr. of Atlanta, GA; sister Joan Jackson, Temple Hills, MD; four brothers, Dr. Payton Brown (Janey), Granger, IN, Dr. Mark Brown (Cindy), Melbourne Beach, Fl, William M. Brown, Jr. (Trudy), W. Bloomfield, MI and Robert Brown (Armenta), Palmdale, CA; three aunts, Rebecca Williams of New Orleans, LA, Ruth Brown and Willie Warwick of Detroit, MI; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other members and friends.
William Harrell McCullough
William Harrell McCullough, 79, of Jemison, Al, died December 12, 2005 at his residence.
He was born in Autauga County, Al, son of the late Jesse McCullough and the late Hattie Mae Patterson McCullough.He worked as a machine operator in the coal mining industry.
Survivors include his daughter Ms. Nicole McCullough; grandson, Jacob Porter; brother, Mr. J.W. McCullough; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Alice Deramus, Mrs. Dot Chandler, Mrs. Jessie Mae Morris and Mrs. Maurine Croy.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse McCullough and mother, Hattie Mae Patterson McCullough.
Friends will be received at Martin Funeral Home Chapel, Wednesday, December 14, 2005 from 5:00-8:00p.m in Clanton.
Services will be held at Milton Baptist Church, Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 1:00p.m with Rev. Roy Ingram and Rev. Ricky Patterson officiating.
Interment will follow in the Weaver Family Cemetery, Jones, Alabama.
Earnestine B. Huffman
Earnestine B. Huffman, 91, died Thursday December 15, 2005 in a local hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 Sunday December 18, 2005 at New Live Oak with Rev. George Jones officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.
Family visitation will be Saturday December 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 at Lawrence Funeral Home.
is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Huffman was Preceded in death by her brothers and sisters: Leroy “Buddy” Huffman, David Huffman, John Huffman, W. D. Huffman, Nettie Mae Wilson, Annie Richey, and son- Ed Huffman.
She was a longtime member of Valley Grande Baptist Church.
Marguerite B. Davis Wesson
Marguerite B. Davis Wesson, age 91, of Elmore, died Tuesday December 13, 2005 in a Montgomery hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 Friday at Casey Church of Christ Cemetery officiated by minister Gordon Gibbs and directed by Lawrence
Brown-Service Funeral Home, Inc.
Mrs. Wesson is survived by her daughters, Marema (Doyle) Hudson of Selma, Alma Perry of Deatsville, Marguerite (James) Foreman of Destin, FL; Mattie Lee (Robert) Bartlett of Navarre, FL; sons, O.T. (Dee) Davis of Williston, FL and James P. (Gloria) Davis of Lincoln, TX; 28 Grandchildren, 48 Great Grandchildren, 15 Great Great Grandchildren, sisters, Myra Etheridge of Thomaston and Mamie (James) Tucker of Selma, brother, John Berry (Barlow) Barlow of Selma, 39 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three husbands, Otho Davis, Sr.; Jessie Smith, and Albert Wesson.
Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday December 15, 2005.
Howard Glenn Hicks
Howard Glenn Hicks, age 91, died Thursday, December 15, 2005 in a local hospital.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in New Live Oak Cemetery officiated by Dr. Cecil Williamson and directed by Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Hicks is survived by his daughter, Mary Catherine Hicks (Ed) Davidson of Mobile, grandchildren, Richard Glenn (Suzanne) Soule of Windsor, WI and Michael Brent (Kymberly) Soule of Mobile, great grandchildren, Laura Ashleigh Soule of Windsor, WI and Brent Dawson Soule of Mobile, sister-in-law, Seleta Cook Llewellyn of Selma, 6 nieces, 8 nephews.
He was a lifetime member of Valley Creek Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and deacon. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Hicks was owner of Hicks Lock and Safe Co. He was a long time member of the Selma Civitan Club. He graduated from Selma High School.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Presbyterian Children’s Home in Talladega or Valley Creek Presbyterian Church.