Obituaries for Nov. 8, 2006

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Bertha Hutto

Bertha Hutto, age 101, a resident of Montgomery, AL, formerly of Selma, died Monday, November 6, 2006. Services will be held Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 10:00 am. in the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home in Selma with the Rev. Earl Watson officiating and Lawrence Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow in Pineview Memory Gardens in Selma. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 8, 2006 from 6-8 p.m.

Mrs. Hutto was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jasper B. Hutto and a son, John B. Hutto. Mrs Hutto is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Wayne Gwathney of Montgomery, with whom she made her home in the latter part of her life, grandchildren; Amy McClellan, Ken (Haley) Gwathney, Marvin (Beverly) Hutto, Owen Hutto (special friend Brenda), Russell (Kelly) Hutto, John (Theresa) Hutto, Gaye (Hal) Dorman. 12 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and a daughter-in-law Louise Hutto. Pallbearers will be Floyd Garber, Larry Gwathney, Robert Ingram, Ray Mann, Jesus J. Sanchez and Clyde (Buddy) Woodall.

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Mrs. Hutto was a member of the former Central Baptist Church now known as Valley Grande Baptist Church in Selma and she participated as long as she was able. She was also a member of Dallas Chapter 184 Order of the Eastern Star of Selma for which she was presented a pin for 50 years of service. She also gave many years of service to the Salvation Army Church. She was recognized as “Woman of the Year” for her dedication to the services of the church starting back in 1949 until she moved to Montgomery in 1995. She was very faithful in visiting the nursing homes, hospitals, shut-ins and doing other volunteer work.

Mrs. Hutto was very dedicated to her family and always had a beautiful smile upon her face. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Dorothy Alsbrook Pugh

Dorothy Alsbrook Pugh, age 68, of Selma died Monday November 6, 2006 at home. Graveside

services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Pineview Memory Gardens officiated by Judge Johnny Jones Jr. and directed by Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband, Boyd C. Pugh of Selma, sons, Boyd E. (Rhonda) Pugh of Selma and Randy M. (Tammy) Pugh of Selma, grandchildren, Quinton J. Pugh, Summer E. Pugh, Kevin B. Pugh, and R. Aaron Pugh. Serving as pallbearers will be members of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and Selma Fire Department. The family will receive friends at Lawrence Funeral Home from 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday.

John Foster

John Foster, age 88, of Selma, AL passed away at UAB Hospital on November 6, 2006.

Juanita Smith

Juanita Smith, born on September 20, 1917, passed away on October 29, 2006. Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Orrville, AL and Rev. John L. Ward officiated.

Juanita Smith confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully and in later years she served as Mother of the church and President of the Women’s

Missionary Society where she served until her health failed.

William E. Morgan

William E. Morgan, age 72, of Orange Beach, AL, formerly of Selma, died at his home on Monday, November 6, 2006. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

Mary Estelle McHaffey Lockridge

Verona, MS

Mary Estelle McHaffey Lockridge, 87, passed away Sunday, November 5th after a long illness. She was born at her grandmother’s home in Auburn, MS on May 27th, 1919. She attended the East Tupelo Elementary School and graduated from Verona High School.

Mary, together with her mother Lilla, was a Charter Member of the East Heights Baptist Church founded in 1931. In 1938, after graduating from business school in Tupelo, she moved to Selma, Alabama as the secretary to the Regional Manager of the Life and Casualty Insurance Company. There she met and married the love of her life, Victor Earl Lockridge. They resided in Selma, raising two sons there. Mary became the Church Secretary at the First Christian Church in about 1956 where she remained until the founding of the Meadowview Christian Church where she also served as the first secretary. During her years of association with the Christian Churches in Selma she also worked for Mr. Otey Crisman as secretary in both his golf putter company and his music instrument company. The family can recall many occasions where she was called on to prepare bulletins associated with Otey’s work as a lay minister where Mary especially enjoyed his leadership during old time church revivals.

Mary was a past member of the Pilot Club of Selma and considered that membership to be an honor, giving up her participation only when she and Victor moved back to Verona where she could better care for her ailing husband. On returning to Verona, Mary and Victor became active in the Verona Christian Church and many of her closest associations remain within that loving congregation. In the years since Victor passed away in 1997 Mary tried to stay as active as possible but eventually had to give up housekeeping due to issues of health. She established herself as a resident at the Traceway Manor Retirement Community where she remained until this week. She was especially fond of the staff and residents there. Her struggles with health related issues brought out the best elements of her strong personal will and determination to continue life. She and the family credit Dr. Ricky Parker for much of her success in fending off her many ailments for as long as she did.

Services will be held at 1:30 PM Thursday, November 9th at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues in Tupelo. The Reverend Ed Knox, of Germantown, TN will preside. Brother Thom Perry will address those attending on behalf of the congregation of the Verona Christian Church. A viewing will be held Thursday morning from 11 AM until 1 PM at the funeral home with the memorial service held immediately following. Afterwards there will be a brief graveside ceremony at the Lee Memorial Gardens in Verona. Following that the congregation at the Verona Christian Church will host family and friends for an evening meal in the fellowship hall. Pallbearers will be George Partlow, Larry Burt, David Long, Joe McKinney, Bobby Williams and Jack McKinney.

Survivors include her sons, James Earl Lockridge of Reno, NV, and William Eugene Lockridge of Mint Hill, NC, and her grandchildren James Edgar Lockridge, Micaela Louise Bensko, Mary Marguerite Lockridge, Constance Jane Lockridge, William Parker Lockridge, and great grandchildren McKenzie Brazina, Joseph James Brazina, Cassie Mae Bensko, Emma Jane Bensko, and Sophie St. John-Lockridge, and her sister-in-law Mary (Mrs. Gardner) McHaffey, her nephews George Partlow James McHaffey, and William McHaffey, together with nieces Judy McHaffey Furnish, Dianne Partlow Worthy,

Karen Partlow, and Becky Whitehorn..

Mary is preceded in passing by her husband Victor, and her parents Clabe Price McHaffey and Lilla Ozilla Gardner McHaffey, and a nephew, John McHaffey. She is the last of their four children having previously lost her two brothers Gardner and Malcolm and her sister Rosa Beth. Mary has many relatives and ancestors spread throughout the northeast Mississippi region having had family resident here since the early 1800s.

Roosevelt Todd

Roosevelt Todd, age 46, of Dallas County died on November 2, 2006. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 12 noon at Lewis Brothers Funeral Home with Minister James Peoples officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery with Lewis Brothers Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include: father, Gaddie Todd; one daughter, Sara Joe Todd; three brothers, Gaddie Todd, Jr., Steve Boyd and Curtis E. Todd; nine sisters, Massie White, Sarah Hughey, Lorene Miles, Isabella White, Susie J. Powell, Patricia Johnson, Kenva Boyd, Marilyn Wilkerson, and Carolyn Todd; seven brothers-in-laws; one sister-in-law; eleven nephews; 12 nieces; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Gathan White, Angelo Johnson, Harvey Mitchell, and Walter Wilkerson.

Louise Wilson Watts

Louise Wilson Watts, age 96, passed away in a local nursing home Monday, November 6, 2006. Graveside services will be Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Shiloh Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Harrison officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Watts is survived by her son, Harrell Watts, Jr. and his wife Cheryl; grandchildren, Billy Watts and his wife Terri, Peggy Tipton and her husband Andy and Fielding Watts; great grandchildren, Johnny Watts, Olivia Watts, Wil Tipton, Wes Tipton, and Maggie Tipton. She is also survived by her nieces, Elva Hubbard and her husband Charles, Michelle Fondren and nephews Michael McKee and Mark McKee. Mrs. Watts was preceded in death by her husband, Harrell Watts, Sr. and her parents, Samuel and Mary Ida Wilson; sisters, Aileen Wilson Varner and Winona Wilson “Nonie” McKee; brothers, Woodrow S. Wilson and Charles E. Wilson. Mrs. Watts was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church for 70 years. She taught Sunday School and was an active member of the WMU. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity. Condolence letters may be sent to Harrell Watts, Jr., P.O. Box 26 Sardis, AL 36775.

Mrs. Dollreathea F. Dorsey Sr.

Mrs. Dollreathea F. Dorsey, Sr., affectionately known as “Doll,” was born January 5, 1948 in Selma, Alabama.

She was the elder of two children.

Doll received her formal education in her hometown and was a member of the 1966 Graduating Class of R. B. Hudson High School.

She went on to further her education at Alabama A&M University.

Doll later relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where she live out the remainder of her life.

Doll was married to the late Anderson Dorsey Jr. and to this union , one child was born.

Doll was employed by the former Ohio Bell Telephone Company (presently, AT&T Telephone Company) before joining the staff of Case Western Reserve University, Undergraduate Admissions, as a Director Assistant.

She was a dedicated employee until her untimely passing.

Mrs. Dollreathea F. Dorsey, Sr. departed this life on October 14, 2006 at 2:40 a.m.

The Family of the late Mrs. Dollreathea F. Dorsey, Sr. wishes to extend their deep appreciation and gratitude to all of their many friends for their kindness, encouragement, prayers and all expressions of bereavement.