Obituaries for 6/24/2003

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 23, 2003

Mary Knovice Barfoot

Mary Knovice Barfoot, died Friday, June 20, 2003, in an Andalusia hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at Keahey Funeral Home with Rev. Alan Cassady and Rev. Melvin Kilpatrick officiating. Special music was provided by soloist, Penny Cassady, accompanied by pianist Martha Parker. Burial followed in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Preacher William Barfoot of Andalusia; a daughter, Sylvia Diane Barfoot; a brother, Dalton Bundrick of Andalusia; a sister, Betsy Bundrick of North Carolina; brother-in-law, Arthur L. Barfoot of Birmingham; two sisters-in-law, Myrtle Barfoot and Ethel B. Thomasson, both of Andalusia; grandchildren and spouse, Benjie and Jennifer Crowell, Blake Crowell; and great-grandchildren, Sean R. Crowell and Aden Joseph Crowell.

Pallbearers included Benjie Crowell, Ben Crowell, Blake Crowell, Reaford Daughtry, Bill Crowell and Phillip Crowell. Honorary pallbearers included Billy Folmar and Raymond Hicks.

Stephen Kralick

Stephen Kralick, 84, of Gantt, died Saturday, June 14, 2003 in an Andalusia hospital.

Born in Hellerton, Penn., he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna (Hulak) Kralick and the husband of the late Madeline M. Kralick. He work for Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 46 years before retiring in 1980 as a foreman. A member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Andalusia, he was also a Marine Corp veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific, and a member of the American Legion.

Services were held Friday, June 20 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Bethlehem, Penn. with interment in holy Savior Cemetery with Connell Funeral Home of Bethlehem in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Stephen F. Kralick Jr. of Gantt and a sister, Helen Rinkunas of Bethlehem.

Bonnie Leigh Carter Chesser

Bonnie Leigh Carter Chesser, 95, of Andalusia, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, in an Andalusia hospital.

Graveside funeral services were held 3 p.m., Sunday, June 22 at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Joel Faircloth officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Chesser, who was Superintendent of Mails in Andalusia. Bonnie Chesser was a member of a prominent Covington County family. She was the great-granddaughter of William Thomas Acre, who was the first Probate Judge of Covington County, served in the Alabama State Legislature, and was Superintendent of Covington County. She was the oldest daughter of John Henry Carter and Ophelia Acre Carter of Covington County.

Mrs. Chesser was a life long member of First Baptist Church of Andalusia. In her younger years, she was known for her artistic ability.

A frequent speaker at the local garden clubs, she taught color and flower arranging techniques. She was often recognized for her prize-winning camellias. Numerous homes in Andalusia continue to be decorated with her canvas paintings of flowers from her garden. In addition to her garden, her home was her hobby. She collected old glass, china, and antique furniture. A half century ago, her home on East Three Notch St. was featured in the American Home magazine. Later, she donated some of her antiques to the Three Notch Museum.

Survivors include two nieces, Genar Carter Reed of Birmingham and Betty Sue Kirby of Ft. Walton, Fla.; a nephew, John White of Mobile; and a dear friend and caregiver, Edna Smith.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Jessie Mae Carter, Allive Carter White, and Arthur Eugene Carter.

Pallbearers were Ziba Anderson, John F. Jones Jr., James Jones, Danny Posey, Steve Posey and J. Fletcher Jones.