James A. Burkett, 61, of New
Brockton, died Thursday morning, September 2,
1999, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday,
September 4, at 4 p.m. at Hayes Funeral Home
Chapel with burial following in Bethany
Church Cemetery with Hayes Funeral Home
directing. Visitation will be tonight,
Friday, September 3, at Hayes Funeral Home of
Elba, from 6-8 p.m.
Calvin Grayer, 47, of Pontiac,
Michigan, died Monday, August 30, 1999, at
Funeral services will be held today, Friday,
September 3, at 11 a.m. in Pontiac, with
Sconiers Funeral Home making the
JOHN LEWIS GRIFFIN
John Lewis Griffin, 46, of
Enterprise, died Tuesday, August 31, 1999, at
Jackson Hospital of Montgomery. Funeral
arrangements are incomplete and are to be
announced by Coleman Funeral Home.
ROBERT G. O'NEIL
Master Sergeant (Retired) Robert G.
O'Neil, 64, of Daleville, died Tuesday,
August 31, 1999, at Dale Medical Center of
Services will be today, Friday, September 3,
at 11 a.m. at Searcy Funeral Home Chapel with
Dr. Mike Dease and the Rev. Fred Snell
officiating. Burial will follow at Daleville
Memorial Gardens with full military honors
with Searcy Funeral Home directing.
Otis Smith, 79, of 707 Reese Avenue in
Elba, died Sunday, August 29, 1999, at his
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1
p.m. from the Harris Temple Church of God in
Christ in Elba with Elder W. K. Ellison,
pastor, officiating and Hammond Funeral Home
directing. Burial will follow in Evergreen
Cemetery in Elba.
The body will lie in state at Hammond Funeral
Chapel after 4 p.m. Friday until one hour
before the funeral on Saturday, at whuch time
the body will lie in state at the church.
Family and friend visitation will be held
Friday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hammond
SHERRY LYNETTE SOARS
Sherry Lynette Soars, 37, of
Elba, died Thursday, September 2, 1999, Elba
General Hospital. Funeral will be at Wooten
Chapel on Saturday, September 4, at 2 p.m.
with the Rev. Mike Medley officiating.
Burial will follow at Hudson Cemetery in Elba
with Hayes Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be at Hayes Funeral Home on
Friday, September 3, from 6-8 p.m. Mrs. Soars
will lie in state one hour prior to services
at Wooten Chapel Church.
Survivors are: husband, Larry Soars of
Elba; mother, Lucille Hudson of Elba;
two sons, Corey Cook and Derrick
Cook of Elba; three sisters, Lynn
HUDSON of Ozark, Donna HUDSON Sasser
of Springville and Rhoda HUDSON
Stuckey of New Brockton; and a
grandmother, Ida Bell HUDSON of
September 9th, 1999
WALTER MAX RIGGLE,
Walter Max Riggle, Sr., 56, of
Enterprise, died Tuesday, September 7, 1999,
at the family home on County Road 606 of
Services will be held Friday, September 10,
at 11 a.m. at Goodman Baptist Church with the
Dr. John Granger and the Rev. Bill Frank
officiating. The burial will be held at
Goodman Cemetery with Searcy Funeral Home
directing. Mr. Riggle will be placed in the
church one hour prior to funeral service. The
family will receive friends at Searcy Funeral
Home, tonight, Thursday, September 9, from
Mr. Riggle was preceded in death by his
father and mother, Purdy Max and Margaret
Survivors include: Wife, Margaret J.
Riggle of Enterprise; four daughters and
sons-in-law, Cindy RIGGLE Bogart and Jimmy
Bogart of Enterprise, Amber RIGGLE
Turk and Chris Turk of Enterprise,
Diane RIGGLE Turner and Gary Turner of
New Brockton, and Charlene RIGGLE Wise
of Enterprise; three sons and
daughters-in-law, Walter Max Riggle, Jr.
and Shannon Riggle of Goodman, Maxie
Charles Andrews of Goodman, and Jimmy
Ray and Teresa Andrews of Enterprise; two
sisters and brothers-in-law, Marion RIGGLE
Fusion and James Fusion of Akron, Ohio,
and Maxine RIGGLE Henson and John
Henson of Roanoke, Virginia; 8
grandchildren; 2 nephews; and 4 nieces.
LERA M. AVANT
Lera M. Avant, 85, Daleville, died
Friday, September 10, 1999, at Medical Center
Funeral services will be held today,
September 12, at2:30 p.m. atSercy Funeral
Home Chapel with Dr. Roy Stewart officiating.
Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery in
Clayhatchie under the direction of Searcy
The family will receive friends today from
noon until service time.
Mrs. Avant was preceded in death by her
husbands, Frank Jackson and Lloyd
Avant, three daughters and two sons.
Survivors include: three daughters, Ervie
Merle Cobb, of Mobile, Ailene
Nickel of Dothan, and Jeannie
Thompson of Opelika; three sons, Dewey
Frank Jackson of Mississippi, Jacki
Jackson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and
Paul Jackson of Daleville; one sister,
Mavis Smith of Pie Mountain, Georgia;
one brother, Roy Denton of Lynn Haven,
Florida; 19 grandchildren and 23
LOLA MAE BEAUCHAMP
Lola Mae Beauchamp, 92, Enterprise,
died Friday, September 10, 1999, at home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday,
September 14, at 2:30 p.m. from Johns Chapel
African Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev.
Theodis Parker officiating. Burial will
follow in Johns Chapel Cemetery with Sconiers
Funeral Home directing.
The family will receive friends at 204 W.
Brunson St. in Enterprise.
BEULAH CLAIR BRYAN
Beulah Clair Bryan, 59, Elba, died
Friday, September 10, 1999, at Elba General
Funeral services will be held at Hayes
Funeral Home today, September 12, at 2 p.m.
with Dr. Tony Dye officiating. Burial will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery of Elba under
direction of Hayes Funeral Home.
ROBERT THOMAS CARTER
Robert Thomas "Tom" Carter, 60, Level
Plains, died Friday, September 10, 1999, at
Flowers Hospital in Dothan.
Memorial services will be at 4 pm. Monday,
September 13, at the chapel of Searcy Funeral
Home with Rev. Jim Baxter officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of
Searcy Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at Searcy
Funeral Home on Monday, September 13, from 3
p.m. until service time.
Mr. Carter was a veteran of the USAF.
Memorials may be made to: The American Lung
Association, 1740 Broadway, New York, NY
NOTE: Children include: Erica CARTER and Ned
GERALD RAYMOND PARKER,
Gerald Raymond Parker, Sr., 64, of
Daleville, died Friday evening, September 10,
1999, in the Enterprise Nursing Home.
Cremation will take place and memorial
services will be announced at a later
Surrvivors include: his wife, Beatrice
Parker of Daleville; four daughters,
June Shirley PARKER Beer, Dorothy
Lee PARKER, Marie Elizabeth PARKER
James, and Kathy Mary PARKER, all
of Michigan; two sons, Gerald Raymond
Parker, Jr. and Roy Russell
Dickson, both of Michigan; one sister,
Rhea PARKER Everngen of Maryland; two
brothers, Frank Parker of South
Carolina and Robert Parker of
Daleville; and 20 grandchildren.
JIMMIE BECKHAM AVRETT
Mrs. Jimmie Beckham Avrett, 76,
Enterprise, died Thursday, September 16,
1999, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan.
Funeral services will be today, Sunday,
September 19, at 3:30 p.m. at First Assembly
of God Church in New Brockton with Rev. Hayes
Smith and Rev. S.L. Nolin officiating.
Burial will follow in Meadowlawn Cemetery
under the direction of Searcy Funeral
Ms. Avrett was preceded in death by her
husband of 58 1/2 years, Lt. Col. U.S.
Army (Ret.) Marion E. "Ted" Avrett; her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ople Beckham,
Samson; one sister, Faye BECKHAM Dean,
Enterprise; and one brother, Eddie Ray
Mrs. Avrett was born in the McCall Store
Community and graduated from Samson High
School with the class of 1940. She was Miss
Samson 1939, competing in the Peanut Festival
60 years ago. Together with her husband, Ted
Avrett, she lived a full life, which included
the U.S. Army, farming, banking and the
automobile business. Wherever she journeyed,
she made lasting friendships. She was a
member if Marvin Chapel Assemby of God
Church, AUSA, AAAA, the Fort Rucker Army
Officers' Wives Club, the Daffodil Garden
Club, the Sesame Study Club, and Bullard
Chapter of Eastern Star. Little in size, big
in heart, she gave unselfishly to family and
friends, and her memory will be forever
Survivors include: two daughters, Faye
AVRETT (Ellis) Wise of Samson, and
Jennifer AVRETT (Mickey) Grimes of
ENterprise; three grandchildren, Wade
Wise, Alex (Shelley) Grimes abd
Ashley Grimes, all of Enterprise' a
sister, Joan BECKHAM (Jack) Speed of
Enterprise; one brother, Bennie C.
(Geraldine) Beckham of Enterprise; three
sisters-in-law, Francis AVRETT Crocker
of Dothan, Clara AVRETT (Bowden)
Sessions of Samson, and Mary Alice
BeckhamBill (Jeanette) Avrett
BOBBIE LOVE THOMAS
Mrs. Bobbie Love Thomas Carroll, 79,
Enterprise, died Friday, September 17, 1999,
Funeral services will be held today, Sunday,
September 19, at Searcy Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. Jerry Roberson officiating. Burial
will follow in Enterprise City Cemetery under
the direction of Searcy Funeral Home.
Survivors include: her husband, James
Earsle Carroll of Enterprise; a daughter,
Colleen CARROLL Barden and special
friend, Ned McIntosh of Enterprise; a
son, James Leslie (Arlene) Carroll of
Milford, Massachusetts; two sisters, Lola
Lewis and Minnie Russell, both of
Enterprise; three grandchildren, Dawn
Marie (Richard) Johnson, James Robert
Carroll, and Kelly Ryan Barden;
and two great-grandchildren, Jimmy and
J. PAUL POTTS
J. Paul Potts, 94, Newton, died Friday
morning, September 17, 1999, in a Dothan
hospital following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today,
Sunday, September 19, from Holman Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Stone and
Rev. Al Norris officiating. Interment will
follow in Bethel Cemetery near Newton, Holman
Funeral Home of Ozark directing.
Visitation will be in the funeral home
parlors until service time on Sunday.
Mr. Potts was a native of amd life-long
resident of Dale County where he was engaged
in farming. Mr. Potts, a loving father,
grandfatherm great-grandfather and
great-great-grandfather was preceded in death
by his beloved wife of 63 years, Addie Mae
Survivors include one son, Kenneth
Potts and his wife, Sarah; one
daughter, Eloise POTTS Sullivan and
her husband, Joe; four grandchildren,
Sherry Moore and her husband,
Ron, Mark Potts and his wife,
Tammy, Stacey Sullivan and
Tanya Sullivan; four
great-grandchildren, Kyle Moore,
Kaitlynn Moore, Brittney Potts
and Kendall Potts; one
great-great-grandchild, Caymon Moore;
and several nieces and nephews also
Arlene Ramsey, 69, Daleville, died
Friday, September 17, 1999, in Flowers
Hospital in Dothan after a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will
be announced later by Patterson-Sorrells
MARGARET ANN FORD
Margaret Ann Ford, 52, of Samson, died
Saturday, September 18, 1999, at her
Funeral services will be held Saturday,
September 25, at 3 p.m. from the 9th United
Holiness Church with Elder Earl Williams
officiating. Burial will follow in the
Samson City Cemetery with Wiregrass Funeral
Home of Geneva directing. Visitation will be
tonight, Friday, September 24, from 6-7
The family will have lunch at the church
following the funeral services.
MARGARET M. JONES
Margaret M. Jones, of Miami, Florida,
formerly of Coffee County, died early
Thursday morning, September 23, 1999, in
Miami after an extended illness.
Graveside funeral service will be noon
Saturday, September 25, from the Mount
Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
Complete arrangements can be obtained by
calling Patterson-Sorrells Funeral Home in
Enterprise at 347-9598.
Willie Sanders, 59, of Enterprise,
deid Monday, September 27, 1999, at Medical
Services will be held Friday, October 1, at
3:30 p.m. from Johns Chapepl AFrican
Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev.
Theodis Parker officiating. Burial will
follow at Johns Chapel Cemetery with Sconiers
Funeral Home directing.
The family will receive friends at 429 Grimes
Street in Enterprise.
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