Obituaries for Sept. 24, 2006

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 24, 2006

Meredith Ashley Ward

Meredith Ashley Ward,

age 25, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2006, due to a genetic heart condition.

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She was born on June 11, 1981 in Columbia, South Carolina, and moved to Helena, Alabama, in 1986. A 1999 graduate of Pelham High School,

she received a B.A. in Dance from the University of Alabama, with a minor in Psychology from the University of Alabama in 2004. While at the University, she was a member of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre and Dance Alabama.

She was also a teaching assistant for 3 years with the Radio City Rockettes Summer Intensive at Alabama.

She had been a guest artist at Birmingham Southern College’s Summer Intensive Program. Before moving to Las Vegas, she was the Tap Director at Exclusively Ballet and Dance.

She moved to Las Vegas to perform in the stage show Jubilee. While in Las Vegas she taught dance at Fern Adair’s Conservatory of the Arts and Jr. Dance Zone where her tap choreography won the gold medal at LADF’s National Convention.

This past summer Meredith’s true joys in life were being with her family and friends and teaching others to dance, especially tap and Modern.

She is the daughter of Richard and Robin Ward of Helena, Alabama. Other survivors are her grandparents, Richard and Ruth Ward of Selma, Alabama; Mark and Edna Brainard of Montgomery, Alabama; uncles and aunts,

Phillip (Margaret) Ward of Hoover, Alabama;

Brenda (Stephen) Swann of Geneva, Alabama and Mark Brainard of Birmingham, Alabama; cousins, Phillip John and Laura Ward of Hoover, Alabama; Elyse and Sarah-Anne Swann of Geneva, Alabama.

The family received friends at Southern Heritage Funeral Home on Thursday, August 31, 2006 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services were Friday, September 1, 2006, at First Baptist Church of Pelham, Alabama, at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial at

Southern Heritage Cemetery.

Mary Ann Stoutemire Olverson

Mary Ann Stoutemire Olverson, age 68, of Cincinnati, OH, formerly of Selma, AL, died on September 15, 2006 at her home in Ohio. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 am at Shiloh Missionary (Selma Avenue) with Rev. Joshua Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Memory Gardens with Miller Funeral Service, Selma, AL and Thompson Hall & Jordan Funeral Home, Cincinnati, OH directing.

Survivors include: spouse, George Olverson, Jr.; three sons, Rodney of Atlanta, GA, David of Cincinnati, OH, and George III of Montgo Bay, Jamaica: one daughter, Girlie of Jacksonville, FL; five brothers, Walter (Doris) Polnitz, James (Bernice) Polnitz, Windell Polnitz, Theo (Cheryln) Polnitz, and Edmond Polintz all of Selma, AL; six sisters, Shirley Sheltney Nash, Barbara Stoutemire both of Detroit, MI, Betty (Wesley) Wade of Columbus, OH, Emma (Johnny) Welsh of Atlanta, GA, Carrie (Columbus) Baker of Columbus, OH, and Mildred (Ron) Baker of Atlanta, GA; ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Rose Hackman Wander

Mrs. Rose Hackman Wander, loving mother and grandmother, age 83, of Atlanta, GA (formerly Selma, AL) passed away on September 22, 2006.

She was the eldest child born on May 12, 1923 in Chicago, IL to Tiebul and Harry Hackman who were Russian immigrants.

She moved with her parents and three siblings to Selma, AL in the late 1930s.

She worked for the Office of Personnel Transportation at Craig Air Field Base for almost thirty years, where she won an award for Outstanding Merit Service.

Mrs. Wander was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and served on the Temple Mishkan Israel Board of Directors.

She was also a member of the Cotillion Club of Peoples Bank.

She was well known for her home baked goodies throughout Selma, and learned her baking skills from her mother at a young age.

She happily shared her delicious recipes with her family and friends.

Her past hobbies included swimming, golf and tennis.

In her latter years, she participated in a regular walking group and enjoyed playing bridge, bingo and canasta in her weekly card games at Life Enrichment.

She was an avid reader who had a sharp mind for details.

Survivors include her daughter, Jacqueline W. Goldberg (Samuel) of Atlanta, GA, granddaughter, Michelle G. Pake (Kevin) of Birmingham, AL, grandson, Michael Wander of Columbus, OH, great-grandson, Jack B. Pake of Birmingham, AL, brother, Leonard Hackman of Tarzana, CA, and nephew, Ronald A. Leet (Barbara) of Selma, AL.

In addition, she is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wander was predeceased by her parents, her son, Jerome A. Wander, sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Julian Leet, brother, Joseph Hackman, and niece, Carol Leet Bush.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 25, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. (C.S.T.). at Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, AL.

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, 770-451-4999

Charles Moore

Charles Moore, age 84, of Selma, AL died on September 22, 2006 at his home. Funeral services and survivors will be announced later by Miller Funeral Service.

Jason Aron Lawrence

Jason Aron Lawrence, age 24, of Virginia Beach Virginia, formerly of Selma, died Wednesday September 20, 2006 in Virginia. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday September 27, 2006 at Pineview Memory Gardens directed by Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home.

Mr Lawrence is survived by his wife, Danielle Campbell Lawrence, daughter, Charity Brooke Lawrence, parents Tammy Duke and Jeffrey (Sharon) Lawrence, brothers, Allen Jatko and Jeremy Lawrence, sisters, Jessica Lawrence, Hailey Lawrence, and Tanna Duke. He served for six years in the U.S. Navy as an Air Traffic Controller.

Ernest Jones

Ernest Jones, age 77, of Selma, AL died on September 22, 2006 at his home. Funeral services and survivors will be announced later by Miller Funeral Service.