Obituaries for Friday, Nov. 16, 2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 16, 2007

Mr. Roosevelt Dowson

Mr. Roosevelt Dowson, 90, of Selma died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at Vaughan Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at Isabella Baptist Church in Tyler.

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Mrs. Carolyn B. Albritton

Mrs. Carolyn B. Albritton, 48, of Selma died Wednesday, Nov. 7, at her residence.

She is survived by her husband, Albert C. Albritton Jr.; parents, Larahner Moore and Willie James Moore; a son, Albert C. Albritton III; a daughter, Rita Albritton; a stepdaughter, Yolonda Callens; four brothers, Billy Butler, Willie and wife Deborah Moore, Alphonso and wife Jennie Moore and Wayne Moore, all of Selma; five sisters, Elizabeth Butler of Mobile, Annie Moore, Lorena Moore, Ruthie Moore and Minnie Moore, all of Selma; one grandchild; one great-grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 1 p.m., Saturday at New Hope Apostolic Church with Pastor Joe N. Brown officiating.

Burial will be in Fairlawn cemetery under the direction of Miller Funeral Service.

Pallbearers are family and friends.

Mr. James Acoff Jr.

Mr. James Acoff Jr., 69, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.

He was born Jan. 15, 1938, to the late James and Emma Acoff Sr. He accepted Christ through baptism at Providence Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and remained a faithful servant.

Throughout his membership, he served as vice president of the Senior Choir and devoted member of the Male Chorus. He was recently recognized for 35 years of voluntary janitorial services to the church.

He became ill Oct. 27 as he enjoyed his favorite hobby of fishing.

Mr. Acoff is survived by a loving and devoted wife, Willie Nell Williams-Acoff; nine devoted daughters, Erma and her husband Adolphus Smith, Houston, T.K., Shirley and her husband David Conner, Annvermell Braddy, Loretta Towns, Alice and her husband Randy Smart, Teresa and her husband Pricie Johnson, Bridget and her husband Mike Mills, and Kardeesha Stringer, all of Selma and Thomasine Brown of Montgomery; one son, who was also a very special friend, James Patrick and his wife Angela Williams of Selma; two stepdaughters, Nora Rush of Selma and Bernice and her husband Rick of Minor, Miss.; three stepsons, Henry and his wife Earlene Williams and Christopher and his wife Deloris Williams of Minneapolis and David and his wife Sun Williams of Olympia, Wash.; seven sisters, Mary Riggs, Janet and her husband Eddie Charles Wade and Katherine and her husband William Elder of Cleveland, Emma and her husband Nate Congress Freeman and Della and her husband Dawson Milhouse, all of Selma, Ora Jean Shelton and Thomasine and her husband Hobby Fletcher of Newark, N.J.; four brothers, William &8220;Joe&8221; and his wife Linda Acoff, Ernest and his wife Fannie Acoff and Gregory and his wife Linda Acoff, all of Selma, and Clarence and his wife Fannie Acoff of Irvington, N.J., 26 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. at Ellwood Community Church with Pastor Chester Purifoy officiating.

Burial will be at White Cemetery on Anderson Ave. The repast will be at Providence Baptist Church on Kings Bend Road.

Ms. Bettie P. Ervin

Ms. Bettie P. Ervin, 64, of Selma died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Walker Mortuary.

Mr. Billy Wheatley

PRATTVILLE &045; Mr. Billy Wheatley, 64,

died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, after an extended illness.

Mr. Wheatley was born in North Perry County on Oct. 31, 1943, and lived in Selma for many years, where he worked at Craig Air Force Base. He relocated to Prattville and worked at Maxwell Air Force Base until his retirement.

Mr. Wheatley was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a friend to everyone he knew. He loved RV traveling with his grandchildren. Their latest adventure this past summer was to the Badlands, Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park.

He received much joy from helping others and spending time with his grandchildren and all the neighborhood children. He will be missed by the many, many ones who loved him.

Mr. Wheatley was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Majors; stepfather Doug Majors; a sister, Jeanette Riley; two brothers, Ed Wheatley and Johnny Wheatley; and sister-in-law Doris Deason.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Laura Pickering Wheatley; a daughter, Michelle Spence, both of Prattville; best buddies, grandson Garrett Spence and granddaughter Kodie Atchison; a brother, Jimmy Wheatley of Prattville; his mother-in law Annie P. Johnson of Plantersville; brothers-in-law, Royce Riley of Selma and Dr. John Pickering of Montgomery; sisters-in-law, Faye and husband Dr. Bobby Deason, Catherine and husband Bill Fulford, all of Centreville and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, from the Chapel of Prattville Memorial with Pastor Randy Tucker and Pastor Glenn Walker officiating.

Burial will follow in Plantersville Christian Cemetery under the direction of Prattville Memorial Chapel.

Pallbearers will be David Hughes, Dalton Halbrook, Roy Quiller, Bill Hurston, Dwight Long, Jeff Warren, David Jacques and Roger Kennington.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the Prattmont Baptist Church.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be sent to Prattmont Baptist Church, 814 Smith Ave., Prattville.

The family will receive friends at Prattville Memorial Chapel on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

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