Obituaries January 4, 2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 3, 2006

June Moore Smyly

June M. Smyly died January 2, 2006, in a local hospital after a lengthy illness. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, in New Live Oak Cemetery with the Revs. John Fain and Jack Loveless conducting, and Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Smyly, who was born in Selma August 23, 1929, was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Neil Moore of Selma, and her sister, Dorothy L. Moore Parrish of Aliceville.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and a charter member of the Selma Emblem Club. Employed with the Selma City Recreation Department for almost 20 years, she retired in 1989.

Mrs. Smyly is survived by her husband, William Smyly of Selma; two sons, Randall E. Smyly (Mickie) and W. Todd Smyly (Toni), both of Little Rock, Arkansas; and three grandchildren, Matt Smyly, Lindsay Smyly and Drew Smyly, all of Little Rock.

She is also survived by her brothers-in-law: Wendell Parrish, Lynn Smyly and Glynn Smyly; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Smyly Shaw. Among other survivors are a number of nieces and nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Guthrie, J.B. Peake, Glenn Sexton, Gary Thompson, Bill Mott and Ralph Derryberry.

Honorary pallbearers are Dayton Lovelady, Joe Casey and Billy Duke.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Selma Public Library, the Building Fund of First Baptist Church or a charity of choice.

Obie J. Englett

Obie J. Englett, 91, of Casselberry, FL., passed away at his home on Jan 2, 2006. He has been a resident of Casselberry since 1983 when he moved from Orrville. Al. He enjoyed good health until his current bout with bladder cancer. He loved to sing and sag in his church often. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Anniebelle, and 2 sisters, Gladys Morgan and Clarice Nichols. He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Hamlin of Casselberry, Fl; his son Obie William and wife JoAnn of Leighton, Al; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandson. He is also survived by his sisters, Velma Gowan of Pine Hill, Al; Edith Hale of Orrville, Al; and brother, Jesse Englett, Jr. of Orrville, Visitation for family and friends will be held at Lawrence Funeral Home Friday 6-8 pm. Service will be held at the Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 am Saturday. Torn Remmer will officiate. Interment will follow at New Live Oak Cemetery.

J.M. Gaston

J. M. &8220;Jim&8221; Gaston passed away January 2, 2006.

Selma Funeral Home will announce arrangements at a later date.

Pearlie Simpson

Ms. Pearlie Simpson of Selma passed December 28, 2005. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Miller funeral service.

Percy Johnson

Mr. Percy Johnson of Marion passed December 31, 2005. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Miller funeral service.

Janet Wise Howard

Janet Wise Howard, age 67, died Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at home. Funeral services will be held at L1:00 a.m., Friday, January 6, 2006 at Lawrence-Brown Service Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Howard is survived by her husband; Richard E. Howard Sr., son; Richard E. Howard Jr. and his wife; Teresa Rice Howard, daughters; Donna Howard Parrish and Elizabeth Ann Howard, grandchildren; Julia Howard, Kaylene Parrish, and Cody Howard, brother; William A. Wise Jr., sisters; Nancy Wise Nichols and Wendy Wise Cox, and numerous nieces and nephews. Family visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday,

January 4, 2006 arid Thursday

January 5, 2006 at the funeral home.

Mattie Sanders

Ms. Mattie Sanders of Birmingham, formerly of Selma passed December 31, 2005. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Miller funeral service.

Earl Struggs

Mr. Earl B. Struggs of Selma passed January 1, 2006. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Miller funeral service.

Dwanyne Anthony

Everhart

Dwanyne Anthony Everhart, 60, of Selma, Alabama died January 2, 2006. Services are scheduled for January 4, 2006 at 3:00p.m at Selmont Church of Christ (3101 Old Montgomery Highway) with Minister Gordon Gibbs officiating.

Survivors include two sons Destry Everhart and David Everhart of Selma, Al; two daughters Debbie Scarpace and Dianne Everhart of Selma; four grandchildren; one brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Andrae Norwood

Mr. Andrae Norwood of Selma, passed January 1, 2006. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Miller funeral service.

Tommy Jackson

Mr. Tommy Jackson of Selma passed January 3, 2006. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Miller funeral service.

Christian Curry

Mr. Christian Curry of Marion passed January 2, 2006. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Miller funeral service.

Susan Bergman

BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) &045; Author and writing teacher Susan Bergman, whose 1994 book &8220;Anonymity&8221; dealt with her father’s death from AIDS and her family’s traumatic discovery of his long-hidden homosexuality, died Sunday of brain cancer. She was 48.

She was a teacher and lecturer in literature and writing at several venues, including Northwestern and New York Universities and the University of Notre Dame. She also was an editor and writer of literary books and a contributing editor for many magazines and literary publications.

One of her sisters is the actress Anne Heche, who had a prominent lesbian relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres from 1997-2000.

Bill DeArango

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) &045; Bill DeArango, a master guitarist who played with some of the greatest names in jazz and mentored later talents, died Dec. 26 from pneumonia. He was 85.

In the 1940s moved to New York City, where he was soon performing and making recordings with Sarah Vaughn, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz legends. Esquire magazine named DeArango to its &8220;All-American Jazz Band&8221; in 1946.

Two years later, he returned to Cleveland, and from there guided several generations of musicians including saxophone players Ernie Krvida and Joe Lovano.

In the 1960s and &8216;70s, DeArango ran a University Heights music store known for its eclectic offerings. DeArango himself dabbled in Jimi Hendrix guitar styles and listed Duke Ellington and Prince among his personal favorites.