Obituaries for Sat., June 29, 2013

Published 12:00am Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jurell Davis

Terry “Sweetdaddy” Leon Watts

Jerry Loman Parrish.

 

JURELL DAVIS

Jurell Davis, a long-time resident of Andalusia, passed away at his home on Thurs., June 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church today, Sat., June 29, at 11 a.m., with visitation at the church an hour prior to the service. Gifts can be made to First United Methodist Church, helping or building fund.

He was born on Nov. 14, 1930, in Coffee County, Ga. He was the beloved husband of Patricia Garbett Davis.

The couple, with their three children – Amy, Ronnie and Chris – moved to Andalusia in 1970 from Adel, Ga. He worked for many years as the manager of GTE. He was an active member in his community, serving as the president of the Lion’s Club and a longtime member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Andalusia Country Club. He also served on the Industrial Development Board and was also a loved member of First United Methodist Church.

He was, first and foremost, a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He served in the Navy during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Randolph. He enjoyed spending his time traveling the United States in his motor home, golfing at the Andalusia Country Club, cheering for Auburn University, and most of all, spending time with his family. He was the leader of a large, loving family extending into four generations.

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Albert Davis; his parents, Joel and Linnie Davis, and his sisters, Jonell Davis Garrett and Laverne Davis Tanner.

His surviving family includes his wife, Pat Davis; children, Ronald Jurell (Stephanie) Davis and Amy Davis Williams; four grandchildren, Britton and Anna Williams, Tyler and Haydyn Davis; and two great-grandchildren, Shye and Mallory Davis.

 

TERRY ‘SWEETDADDY’ LEON WATTS

Terry “Sweetdaddy” Leon Watts, 60, of Andalusia, passed away on Wed., June 26, 2013, at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Fri., June 28, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frankie McVay officiating and interment following in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his sons, Kevin (Theresa) Watts and Michael Watts, both of Andalusia; daughter, Terri Lynn Proctor; two grandchildren, Dalton Henagan and Karsyn Watts; mother, Evonne Watts of Evergreen; fiancé, Michelle Settle of Andalusia; five brothers, Ronnie Watts, Greg (Shirley) Watts, Rickey (Christy) Watts, Teddy (Shelline) Watts and Tim (Darlene) Watts, all of Andalusia; and two sisters, Marilyn Williams and Tammy (David) Shubert.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Leon Watts, and a brother, Stevie Watts.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at foremanfuneralhome.com.

 

COACH LOUIS EDWARD ‘TICK’ BERRY SR.

Coach Louis Edward ‘Tick’ Berry Sr., 79, died Tues., June 21, 2013, at his home in Montgomery.

Funeral services will be held today, Sat., June 29, at 11 a.m., at the Andalusia Middle School gymnasium, with the Rev. A. Smith officiating and interment following in Marshall Cemetery.

He was born on Dec. 12, 1933, to the late Rev. John H. and Jessie Mae Tillis-Berry. He was the second oldest of six children. Four of them preceded in death: Mary Nell, Mary Helen, Joe Ray and Johnnie “Santo” Howard. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Jacqueline Caroline Berry-Moore.

Coach Berry confessed his faith at an early age and united with the St. Peter Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. T.H. Hill. After graduating from Covington County Training School in 1952, he enrolled in Alabama A&M College in Normal and completed a double major in education and shoe repairing. He served in the United States Reserve for many years.

He started his teaching career substituting at Ralph Bunche High School in Andalusia. His first full-time teaching and coaching job was at Carver Junior High School in Florala where he started with an 88-26 mark in girls and boys basketball. He then relocated to Andalusia and started coaching at Carter G. Woodson High School with a 37-12 girls and boys basketball record. Coach Berry spent 24 years at Andalusia Middle School, compiling an overall record of 156-34. He also won numerous Covington County and local invitational tournament titles.

He helped build the foundation for the successful Andalusia High School program, which sent an impressive list of players to college and beyond, including eventual NBA star Robert Horry.

In 2011, Coach Berry was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in Dothan. In 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in Montgomery.

After retiring from coaching, he moved to Montgomery. After years of living there, he had made plans to relocate to Andalusia, when on June 21, at approximately 12:45 a.m., he answered the call of God and entered his heavenly home.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories, a devoted son, Louis Edward (Sonya) Berry II of Huntsville; an adopted daughter, Ashley Walker-Berry of Montgomery; one sister, Ann (Melvin) Berry-Walker of Cleveland, Ohio; three grandchildren, Megan Powell and Haley Berry of Huntsville and Jacara Moore of Cottonwood; one son-in-law, Jerry Moore, also of Cottowood; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and devoted friends.

 

JERRY LOWMAN PARRISH

Jerry Lowman Parrish passed away from a long battle with cancer on Fri., June 21, 2013, at Crestview Nursing Home in Crestview, Fla., with family by his side.

He was born on March 18, 1950, in Opp, to Mary Louise Kidd Parrish and JD Parrish.

After completion of high school, he spent the next four years in the United States Air Force as a medical specialist during the Vietnam War, where he earned numerous honors and medals. Upon discharge from the Air Force, he continued his military career with the United States Army Reserve while living in Bath, N.C.

He was an avid marathon runner, usually winning gold or bronze, and when he wasn’t competing in a marathon, one could find him on a Motocross Bike Trail where he also earned numerous trophies. He was also a member of MENSA.

In 2006, he returned home to be with family and friends and resided in Wing.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Louise Kidd Parrish; father, JD Parrish; brother and sister-in-law, Terry C. and Ossie-Ree Jackson Parrish; brother-in-law, Jim Odom; and niece, Wendy Threatt.

He is survived by his sisters, Betty Sue (Jimmy) Threatt, Faye (Buddy) Harrelson and Ann Odom; brothers, Larry Parrish and Perry Parrish; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private ceremony with family will be held. Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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