Obituaries for 10-03-2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 3, 2003

Katherine McDavid

Katherine McDavid, age 89, of Tampa, Fla. passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2003.

She was preceded in death by her son, Joe Mack Thaxton, brother, Bud McDavid and parents Joseph and Virginia McDavid.

She is survived by her sons: Bill Thaxton and wife Barbara of Atlanta and Bob Thaxton of Tampa; eight grandchildren; Kim Gallagher of Atlanta, Kathy McBrayer of Louisville, Ky., Michelle Thaxton of Atlanta, Blake Thaxton of Tampa, Duffy, David, Drew and Deny all of Tampa. 12 great-grandchildren; daughter in law, Sheila Thaxton; niece, Nancy McDavid Lloyd of Jay, Fla. and nephew Joe Paul McDavid of New York City.

Mrs. Thaxton was born in Flomaton and moved to Tampa from Andalusia in 1963. Mrs. Thaxton was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tampa since 1963. She was also a member of the Palma Ciea Golf and Country Club where she enjoyed playing golf and bridge with her friends and family. She became lovingly known as "Ga Ga" when her first grandchild was born.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2003 at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home MacDill Chapel, 605 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa, Fla. with Dr. James Knight, pastor of First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Flowers will be accepted or for those who wish, contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33609. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday afternoon.

Mary E. Rodgers Moore

Mary E. Rodgers Moore, 85, of Malabar, Fla. died September 27, 2003 in Malabar.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Ocotber 2, 2003 at Goodhope cemetery with Rev. Edward sells officiaitng and Foreman Fuenral Home directing.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Connie Moore of Malabar; one grendson, Patrick Moore of Montanna; one aunt, Alice Rodgers of Red Level.

Edwin L. May Sr.

Edwin L. May Sr., 92, of Andalusia died Monday, September 20, 2003 in the Opp nursing facility.

He was a graduate of Andalusia High School and a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church.

He was in sales positions throughout his career, which included selling a host of products and services such as Coca Cola, Luzianne coffee and tea, Ford and Buick automobiles, and Royal Crown Cola.

For many years, he served as a representative of Key Life Insurance Company. He specialized in providing insurance coverage for small groups of workers in the pulpwood industry.

When the federal government enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Ace (OSHA), manufacturers were faced almost overnight with the requirement to provide types of safety signs in their product operations. Ed saw an opportunity to fill this unmet need and began his own sign business named "Maycraft."

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 3, 2003 at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Frank Beall officiating and Foreman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ava Glenn May of Andalusia; sons, Edwin L. (Darien) May Jr. of Andalusia, William L. "Roy" (Helga) May of Fairview Heights, Ill., four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret May of Andalusia.

Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Andalusia.

R.L. "Duke" Shumpert

R.L. "Duke" Shumpert, 78, of Red Level died Monday September 29, 2003 in an Evergreen hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2003 at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Minister David Patter and Rev. Drexal Copeland officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Estelle Shumpert of Red Level; daughter, Brenda (Mark) Holland of Roberta, Ga.; sons, W.R. "Billy" (Mae) Shumpert of Berwyn, Penn. and Charlie Shumpert of Grenada, Miss.; step daughters, Ruth Smith of Evergreen, Donna (Murray) Phillips of Little River, Lana Mitchell of Huxford, Cheryl Vickery of Huxford; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Bill) Faulkner of Melbourne, Fla.; brother, Roy (Ruth) Shumpert of Tuscaloosa; two special friends and caregivers of 10 years, Arbedella Reese and Melissa Lunsford; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 500 Morris Ave., Springfield, N.J. 07081.

Wilmer Gerald Queen

Wilmer Gerald Queen, 55, of Andalusia died September 30, 2003 in an Opp hospital.

Grveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2003 at the Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing and with wiregrass chaplain Talmadge Butler oficiating. Special music was provided by the family and by Kathy Queen.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Queen of Opp; sons, Brandon Gerald Queen of Phenix City and Wilmer Gerald Queen Jr.; daughter, Lesie Gale Sowash of Phenix City; father and step-mother, B.G. and Robbie Queen of Geneva; step-children, Brittany Thomas and Patric Thomas of Andalusia; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Jennie Brogden of Andalusia; and two special friends, Evon Palmer and Shelia Salter.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Douglas Queen.

Pallbearers included Leon Mitchell, Chris Long, Robert Earl Jackson, Rodney Queen, Mike Queen and Robert McDougald.