Articles from the February 1, 2018 edition


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  • Donald Joseph Byrd

    Feb 1, 2018

    Donald Joseph Byrd, 79, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 in Pensacola. Mr. Byrd was a native and former resident of Pensacola and had resided in Century for the past 10 years. A member of the Atmore First Assembly of God Church, he was also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Palomino Horse Breeders Association. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Atmore First Assembly of God Church with Bro. Don Davis officiating. Burial followed at Serenity Garden Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home...

  • Mary Lucille Blackson Diamond

    Feb 1, 2018

    Mary Lucille Blackson Diamond, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Mrs. Diamond was born Oct. 30, 1946 to John and mary Blackson and was a friend to all who knew her. The funeral was held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, at Cornerstone Christian Church in Milton with Trahan Family Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Diamond is survived by one son, Jason (Cyndi) Diamond; two daughters, Kim Anderson and Lori Diamond; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and other family members. Mrs. Diamond was preceded in death by...

  • Burl Hagood Dixon

    Feb 1, 2018

    Burl Hagood Dixon, 95, of East Brewton, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 in a Pensacola hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Dixon was a native and lifelong resident of the Brewton and East Brewton area. A1940 T.R. Miller High School graduate, he was a retired U.S. Navy veteran who had served during Pearl Harbor with 23 years of service. A member of the East Brewton First Baptist Church, he retired as a mail carrier with 20 years of service. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, at East Brewton First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Watts...

  • Jacqueline Dukes

    Feb 1, 2018

    Jacqueline Dukes, 69, of Atmore, died Saturday, jan. 26, 2018 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala. Mrs. Dukes was a native of Atmore and a 1967 graduate of Escambia County Training School. She was a member of The House of God Pillar of the Truth Church where she had served as Deaconness and church treasurer. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at The House of God Pillar Ground of Truth Holiness Church with Rev. Shirley Dean and Pastor Maurice Etheridge officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral...

  • Adam David Gantt

    Feb 1, 2018

    Adam David Gantt, 81, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Mr. Gantt was born June 9, 1936 to Kermit and Cornellia Williams Gantt. Graduating from Escambia Training School in 1954, he went to Korea as a soldier during the Korean Conflict. Married in 1958, he later worked as a welder, builder and handy man and as a minister. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at Christian Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Willie Powell officiating. Burial followed at the V. A. Cemetery in Spanish Fort with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing. Mr....

  • Annie Pearl Grimes

    Feb 1, 2018

    Annie Pearl Grimes, 68, of Atmore, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Isaac Bradley and Minister Betty Cox officiating. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel directing....

  • Marcelete Maxine Hollis Harris

    Feb 1, 2018

    Marcelete Maxine Hollis Harris, 101, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Mrs. Harris was born Jan. 25, 1916 to John and Roxanna Hollis in Atmore. After graduating from Escambia County Training School, she earned a Teacher's Diploma in 1937 from Alabama Teachers College. She married in 1944 and later returned to get her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1946. After a short stay in Chicago, she returned to Atmore where she spent more than 40 years as a third and fourth grade teacher. A member of Atmore Garden Club, she was also a member of...

  • Infant Baby Hixon

    Feb 1, 2018

    Infant Baby Hixon died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton. The funeral will be announced by Turner Funeral Chapel at a later date...

  • Deborah Ann McCombs Neal

    Feb 1, 2018

    Deborah Ann McCombs Neal, 59, of Flomaton, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at Mobile Infirmary. Mrs. Neal was born in Kittanning, Pa. and a lifelong member of the Flomaton community where she was a homemaker, enjoyed several hobbies and was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at Flomaton Funeral Home with Rev. Make Harper officiating. Burial followed at Ray's Chapel Cemetery in McDavid, Fla. with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Neal is survived by her husband, Timothy “Scotty” Neal of Flomaton; one son...

  • Aaron Augusta 'Gus' Odom

    Feb 1, 2018

    Aaron Augustus “Gus” Odom, 71, of Castleberry, Ala., died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in the Atmore hospital. Mr. Odom was born in Brewton and had been a resident of Castleberry since 1971. A 1964 W.S. Neal High School graduate, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, was of the Pentecostal faith and worked as a farmer. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 26, at Craver's Funeral Home with Rev. Russ McDonald officiating. Burial followed at Odom Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mr. Odom is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol Bar...

  • Mitchell Greggory 'Mitch' Odom

    Feb 1, 2018

    Mitchell Greggory “Mitch” Odom, 52, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in a Pensacola hospital. Mr. Odom was a lifelong resident of Brewton who graduated from W.S. Neal High School in 1985 and attended Troy State University. Working as a receiving room manager for Tractor Supply, he was of the Christian faith and served as secretary for the Ham Radio Club of Brewton. Visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, at Craver's Funeral Home. Mr. Odom is survived by his parents, Eugene Odom of Camden and Jean Odom of Brewton; and two bro...

  • Bobbie Pearson

    Feb 1, 2018

    Bobbie Pearson, 80, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in Atmore. Mrs. Pearson was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore who was also a member of the Poarch Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at Poarch Baptist Church with Bros. Bubba Rolin and Roger Grandstaff officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Pearson is survived by one daughter, Margie (Ronnie) Rolin of Atmore; one brother, Jimmy Rayborn of Thomasville, Ala.; four grandchildren; four...

  • Wilbur Rabon

    Feb 1, 2018

    Wilbur Rabon, 77, of Castleberry, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 in a Pensacola hospice after a brief illness. Mr. Rabon was a native and lifelong resident of Conecuh County who was of the Baptist faith. He served as owner and operator of Castleberry Auto Sales. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Revs. Barbara Green and Earl McCall officiating. Burial followed at Buffington Cemetery in Castleberry with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Rabon is survived by two sons,...

  • Rusty Wayne Stapleton

    Feb 1, 2018

    Rusty Wayne Stapleton, 39, of Brewton, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Mr. Stapleton was a native of Warren, Ohio but had lived several years in Brewton. He was a member of Jubilee Full Gospel Church. The funeral will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Jubilee Full Gospel Church in Brewton with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Mr. Stapleton is survived by his wife, Jami Nelson Stapleton of Brewton; one daughter, Caitlyn Capps of East Brewton; one brother, William Samuel Stapleton, Jr. of Berrydale, Fla.; and other family...

  • Robert Earl Tolbert, Sr.

    Feb 1, 2018

    Robert Earl Tolbert, Sr., 80, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 in Pensacola. Mr. Tolbert was a native of Evergreen, Ala. and former resident of Jay who had resided in Santa Rosa Beach for the past two years. An avid fisherman and gardener, he was a member of Poplar Dell Baptist Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Poplar Dell Baptist Church with Revs. Mitch Herring and Willie Oglesbee officiating. Burial followed at Poplar Dell Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Tolbert is survived by two sons,...

  • Doris Jane Zellers

    Feb 1, 2018

    Doris Jane Zellers, 70, of Castleberry, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 in a Pensacola hospital. Mrs. Zellers was born in Lenox, Ala. And had been a lifelong resident of Conecuh County. Working as a seamstress, she was a member of Bethel Holiness Church. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home with Revs. Frankie Bell and Barbara Green officiating. Burial followed at Ramah Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Zellers is survived by two sons, James William (Stacia) Richerson of Uriah,...

  • Go red for women's heart health this month

    Carolyn Bivins, Es. Co. Extention Agent|Feb 1, 2018

    Go red for women In association with the American Heart Association, we will celebrate National “Go Red for Women”. This is one way to support women’s heart health and fund life-saving cardiovascular research and education on Friday, February 2, 2018. See your Healthcare provider at least once a year and learn your numbers. They may save your life. Those numbers include: cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), fasting blood sugar and keep track of your weight. Knowing your numbers is one way to monitor your health and get yours...

  • A Visit With Rep. Bradley Byrne

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 1, 2018

    Last Thursday morning, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne stopped by Rachel Patterson Elementary School in Atmore during his 100th Town Hall Tour across the first congressional district to speak with educators and visit with preschoolers to see first hand the effectiveness of federal preschool funding through a four-year grant. The program currently receives $77.5 million in state appropriations and has been augmented for the last three years with $17.5 million by Alabama's four-year federal Preschool Deve...

  • Private Albert Stanton dies in France

    Kevin McKinley, Ledger Staff|Feb 1, 2018

    The Great War, also known as World War I, was a pivotal event in the lives of the generation which fought the war. No other war had been fought with such savagery and loss of life. Technology was ahead of the tactics used on the battlefield to such a degree that cavalry charges were often met with machine gun fire which viciously cut short the life of horse and rider. In the small hamlet of Canoe, Alabama, the war seemed distant to the residents. The small town was in its golden age and the flow...

  • Pensacola forts built with local bricks

    Russell Brown, Guest Columnist|Feb 1, 2018

    There are few men in the early American history of Escambia County, Florida and of this region, who had more influence than a man named William H. Chase. Although his business efforts touched on many ventures, he is best remembered as a fort builder. Chase was born in the far north in 1798. In 1815, after graduating West Point, he joined the U. S. Army’s Corp of Engineers and began to acquire the knowledge of fortifications. By 1819 he was involved with fort construction in Louisiana and in 1828 he was sent to begin defenses for the navy’s most...

  • Birthdays go with apple jelly cakes

    Feb 1, 2018

    January 31, my birthday is celebrated every year since 1941. My thirteenth birthday was my most memorable birthday ever. Never, ever forget the year that you became a teenager. A birthday brings cake, birthday cake allows some honor and privilege. Jelly cake made from scratch and smeared thick with jelly of whatever happened to be in the pantry from Mama's summer fruits. Blackberry, peach, or wild bullace. It didn't matter as long as the cake was yellow and stacked knee high with layers baked one at a time in a certain cast iron frying pan. Tha...

  • Mom joins son in county jail

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2018

    A mother has joined her son in jail after the 50-year old Flomaton woman was arrested for trying to sneak drugs to her son who is being held in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton. Faye M. Kyle, 151 Pecan Grove Lane, was arrested Jan. 12 and charged with three counts of promoting prison contraband, three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and three counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. Kyle is being held in jail on $100,000 bond. Her son,...

  • Feds, state take down drug deal

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2018

    A joint federal and state investigation led to the arrest of a Pensacola man on drug charges last Thursday outside the Jet Pep Service Station near the Highway 113 and Interstate 65 intersection, charging him with attempting to commit a controlled substance crime. Christopher Brandon Williams of Pensacola was taken into custody by multiple law enforcement agencies about 8 a.m. Jan. 25 outside the Jet Pep on Highway 113. Information released by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said agents with...

  • Riggs returning to coach the Raiders

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2018

    Former T.R. Miller head football coach Jamie Riggs retired after the 2015 season with a 305-81 record and four state championships under his belt and now the 62-year old coach is looking to add to those numbers as the new head coach at Houston Academy in Dothan. Riggs was named as the Raiders' new coach last week and said he will begin his tenure there later this month. Riggs said when he retired at T.R. Miller he had no set plans to return to coaching, but kept the door open. "I really thought...

  • Rep. Byrne goes pre-K

    Feb 1, 2018

    U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne visits with pre-K students at Rachel Patterson Elementary School in Atmore as part of his town hall tour across the congressional district. Byrne wanted to see first hand how the federal grant helped benefit the students. For more, see our Photo Gallery...

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