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Obituaries for 9/03/2003

Rufus J. Sanford Jr.

Rufus J. Sanford Jr., 70, died at his home on Saturday, August 30, 2003.

He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Al Hill's Boiler Sales and Repair in Mobile. He was a native of McKenzie and a member of New Home Baptist Church. He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy. He was also a 49 year member of the

Masonic Fraternity.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2003 from New Home Baptist Church with Rev. Clifton Morris officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Survivors include wife, Frances Heartsill Sanford, McKenzie; son, John Randall (Dawn) Sanford of Daphne; two daughters, Sandra Gail (Chris) Merritt of Daphne and Beverly Jean (David) Brawner of Gantt; two sisters, Ruby Jackson of Satsuma and Margaret Owens of Mobile; brother, Paul Heaton of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Jessica and Jon Reid and Corey and Nathan Brawner.

Rev. Charles Edward Oikle

Rev. Charles Edward Oikle, 71, of Andalusia and formerly of Georgiana died Saturday, August 30, 2003 in a Montgomery hospital.

Charles retiered from the Army as a Master Sergeant, serving two tours of Vietnam, Korea and Indochina. He received medals for valor among other awards. Upon retirement from the Army, Charles was called to the ministry and served a higher calling for over 30 years. He pastored the Georgiana Pentacostal Holiness Church for 12 years and most recently in Andalusia.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Oikle.

Survivors include his fire, Glinda Oikle of Andalusia; two daughters, Lynn (Alton) Marshall of Rose Pine, La., and lana Oswald of Leesville, La.; two step-daughters, Deborah (David) Spivey of Andalusia and Brenda (Kenneth) Gray of Kingsland, Ga.; four sisters, Elsie Jayroe of South Carolina, Margie Stoute, Joan Treirs and Lela Murb, all of Ontario, Toranto, Canada; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery with full military honors.

Charles was a respected member of the community, a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by his family and friends. Heaven has received one of God's most humble servants by his passing.

Marvin Walker Deason

Marvin Walker Deason, 86, of Evergreen, died in a Troy Hospital on September 1, 2003.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. from Flatrock Community Chapel on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 with burial following in Saints Cemetery in

Flatrock with Rev. Bobby Pitts officiating and Cope Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include three sons, Ralph Walker Deason of Evergreen, Marvin Allen Deason of McKenzie and John Franklin Deason of Red Level; a daugther, Laura Ann Deason of Evergreen; a brother, John Edward Deason of Temple Hill, Md.; a sister, Grace Belle Bailey of Evergreen; and five grandchildren.

Eva Baxter Rogers

Eva Baxter Rogers, 89, of Leland, N.C. and formerly of Piedmont died Friday, August 29, 2003 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Rogers was born on January 17, 1914 in Piedmont. She was the daughter of the late William Henry Baxter and Ida Marshall Baxter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orce O. Rogers; four sisters and three brothers.

Nanny, as she was known to all of her family and friends is survived by her two sons, Billie O. Rogers and wife, Gabriele of Riegelwood, N.C. and Kenneth W. Rogers and wife, Jo Ann of Bladenboro, N.C.; one daughter, Marie R. Violette and husband, Ray of Wilmington, N.C. a sister, Nella gunnels of Hokes Bluff; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at Woodburn Presbyterian Church with Rev. Claude Gamble and Rev. William Persall, Jr. officiating and with Coble Ward-Smith Funeral service Oleander Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Rogers found great joy in the simplest things, but her greatest joy was her family. She taught those of us who love her to love each other. Mrs. Rogers loved baseball and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves.

Memorials may be made to the Woodburn Presbyterian Church Expansion Fund, 509 Village Road Leland, N.C. 28451.

She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends .

Dorothy Juanita Smith

Dorothy Juanita Smith, 67, of Andalusia died Monday, September 1, 2003 in a Birmingham Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2003 at Keahey Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Babbie Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Larry C. and Christine Smith of Andalusia; daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Randy Ray of Opp; brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Ellen Bullard of Opp and Herscel and Mildred Bullard of Babbie; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Lamar Steed of Brundidge and

Hazel and Albert Conway of Jack; sister-in-law, Ruth Bullard, of Cumming, Ga.; three grandchildren, Bradley Smith, Brandon Ray and Allison Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband Homer Smith and her brother, John Henry Bullard Jr.

Carl "Tim" Timothy Wallace

Carl "Tim" Timothy Wallace, 50, of Opp died Sunday, in an Opp Hospital.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at Bethany Cemetery in Heath with Rev. John Holley officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside and requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the family c/o Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Wallace of Opp; daughter, Carla Wallace of Opp; three step-daughters, Jeni Kendrick of Opp, Janice Bennett of Opp, Jessica Jimenez of Milton, Fla.; a stepson, Jason Booker of Brewton; 8 step-grandchildren; four brothers, Robert Wallace, John Wallace, both of Andalusia; Gene Walace and Gary Wallace, both of Birmingham; two sisters, Ann Kyser of Opp and Ginger Wallace of Dadeville and his father Mack Wallace.

Mary Louise Dobbins Bull

Mary Louise Dobbins Bull, 82, of Andalusia, formerly of Brazil, Ind. died Friday, August 29, 2003 in the Andalusia hospital.

Mrs. Bull was the daugther of the late Ora Dobbins and the late Louise Portemont Dobbins of Brazil. She was a retired legal secretary and resided in Andalusia for the last few years of her life.

Survivors are her two nieces, Jacquelyn Galke of Columbia, Md. and Karla Kaye Robinson of Detroit; one nephew John Dobbins also of Detroit.

Local survivors are the cousins, Mary Lemay and Marilyn Portemont of Andalusia.

She requested no formal services but burial is to be in the Cottage Hill Cemetery in Brazil.