Obituaries for 1/2/2004

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 3, 2004

Edward B. (Ned) Baker

Edward B. (Ned) Baker, 84, died Sunday, December 28, 2003 after a long illness. The was a resident of Andalusia for 35 years before relocating to Daphne in 2001.

After serving in the army in World War II, Mr. Baker began his career in labor relations with Cluett Peabody and Company, Inc., an international apparel manufacturing company in Troy, New York. He served in Virginia, Minnesota and Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Andalusia.

As Cluett, Peabody continued to expand in the southeast, Mr. Baker was in the forefront of a serch committee that recommended the purchase, in 1967, of Alatex, Inc., a shirt manufacturing company headquartered in Andalusia, with other production sites throughout the state. In order to facilitate the transition of the Alatex organization into Cluett Peabody’s international operations. Mr. Baker relocated to Andalusia in 1968 and served as the company’s vice-president until he retired in 1981.

During this time, he was active in corporate and civic affairs, as a member of the Rotary Club- named by Rotary to the select group of &uot;Paul Harris Fellows&uot; for his outstanding leadership and achievement as a member. He also served as president of the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce, working diligently to bring industry and commerce into the area. He was a busy member of the christ the King Church, the founder and first president of its Parish Council, and one of its prime movers from a small facility on Barton Street in 1973 to the large, modern church it is today.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; seven children, James Baker of Albany, Ga., Patricia Demetrio of Pine Brook of New Jersey, Margaret Jennings and Timothy J. Baker both of Tampa, Fla., Deborah B. Martin of Nashville, Tenn., Christopher Baker and William Baker, both of Daphne, Fla.; three sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; 13 grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Andalusia. In lieu of flowers the faqmily requests memorial be made to the Sav-a-Life Pro-Life Center, P.O. Box 487, Andalusia, AL 36420. Alabama Cremation Centers of Dadeville is in charge of arrangements.

Esther Elizabeth Gray

Esther Elizabeth Gray, 84, of Andalusia died Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. nursing home.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 1, 2004 at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing and Rev. Glenn Vaughn officiating.

The family received friends at 9 a.m. Thursday, January 1, 2004 at Keahey Funeral Home until time to depart for the cemetery.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Vickery of Andalusia; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Col. Lowell Bernaize Green

Col. Lowell Bernaize Green, USAF Ret., 82, of Ard Creek Road Red Level died Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 2, 2004 at Foreman Funeral Home with Dr. David Kulpe and Rev. P.J. McClung officiating. Burial will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Col. Green is survived by his wife, Virginia Mills Green of Red Level; two daughters, Debbie Faulkner of Destin, Fla.; Kimberly Swancy of Montgomery; one son, Jeffrey Green of Prattville; two grandchildren, Daniel Green and Kenton Green.

Col. Green was a WWII and Vietnam combat veteran.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 1, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Barbie Floyd Hooks

Barbie Floyd Hooks, 83, of Red Level died Wednesday, December 31, 2003 in a Fort Walton Beach, Fla. nursing facility.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2004 at Keahey Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Armstrong and Michael Bush officiating. Special music was provided by the Bush family. Burial will follow in Antioch United Methodist Church cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth (Ann) Hooks of Red Level, one sister, Larecce Turner of Red Level; six grandchildren, Maria Berry, Lee Travis, Damone Hooks, Jennifer Hooks, Anthony Hooks and Jessica Hooks; four great grandchildren, Austin Travis, Tyler Travis, D.J. Hooks and Allison Hooks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry C. Hooks; a son, Charles Hooks and a great grandson, Logan Travis; two sisters, Evelyn Thompson, Bernice Johns; two brothers, Stacy Floyd and Johnnie Floyd.