Obituaries for 1/3/2004

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 3, 2004

Lola Odom Johnson

Lola Odom Johnson, 78, of Red Level died Wednesday, December 31, 2003 in a Georgiana Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 3, 2003 at 2 p.m. from the Johnson Fuenral Chapel with Rev. Robert Watford, and Rev. Dwight Vickery officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mrs. Hellon Mitchell, and a sister, Mrs. Lois Odom.

She is survived by two granddaughters, Mrs. Yolanda (Brad) Beverly of Red Level, Mrs. Wendy (Rex) Piggott, of McKenzie; two grandsons, Kenny Chance of Montgomery, Mark (Crystal) Mitchell, of Montgomery; a sister, Mrs. Clidy (Billy) Mathews of McKenzie; a brother, Earnest Odom, of McKenzie; two great-granddaughters, Christane Shealy of McKenzie, Melissa Chance of Montgomery; one great-grandson, Kaleb Piggott of McKenzie.

Col. Lowell Bernaize Green

Col. Lowell Bernaize Green, USAF Ret., 82, of Road Red Level died Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at his residence. He has been a resident of Red Level for 32 years.

He was born and raised in Missouri until he joined the United States Air Force early in the WWII regime. His very distinguished military career spanned almost 30 years. His career began during WWII as a member of &uot;the Greatest Generation&uot; who saved the world. While in the Pacific theater, col. Green piloted B-24 Liberators where he completed a multitude of combat missions. He was awarded numerous medals including the bronze star and at least two Distinguished Flying crosses. He participated in the Korean Conflict where he served as an instructor pilot. Col. Green concluded his military career serving three tours of duty in the Vietnam War where he piloted C-130’s in combat. In May of 1968, he was awarded the highest military honor authorized by the President of the Untied States, the Silver Star for &uot;gallantry in action&uot; against enemy forces. With his passing, truly we have lost yet another hero from &uot;the Greatest Generation.&uot;

In 1971, Col. Green retired from the Air Force, with its traditions, strengths and values of the military deeply embedded in him. After retiring, he and his family moved just outside of Red Level. He later worked as a bailiff at the Covington County Courthouse and finished his working career employed by the State of Alabama. Col. Green was not only a dedicated patriot, but also a devoted father and husband. He loved his family and provided for them selflessly. Additionally, the fruits of his faith in Christ were expressed in his unselfish generosity to various ministries and his dedication to his position of deacon at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Andalusia where he worked tirelessly.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 2, 2004 at Foreman Funeral Home with Dr. David Kulpe and Rev. P.J. McClung officiating. Burial followed 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, all of Prattville.

Col. Green was a WWII and Vietnam combat veteran.

Thelma Romaine Workman

Thelma Romaine Workman, 87 of Andalusia died Thursday, January 1, 2004 in a Luverne hospital.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2004 at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Rev. John Hunt officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Workman is survived by one son, Larry Workman of Burlington, N.C.; one daughter, Geneive Hendren of Andalusia; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Artie Heiland of Columbia, Penn, Irvin Heiland of Prospect, Penn.; three sisters, Betty Frey of Mount Wolf, Penn., Martha Heiland and Kathryn of York, Penn.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Sunday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Myrtle Lucile Nixon

Myrtle Lucile Nixon, 83, of Baker, Fla. died Thursday, January 1, 2004 in a Pensacola hospital. She was born in Baker, Fla. on April 2, 1920 and was a lifelong resident of Baker. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church of Crestview, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Ruth Barton; husband, Cecil R. Nixon; son Delmar D. Nixon; daughter, Winona M. Nixon; grandson, Gregory LeBlanc; and a sister, Jewel Courtney.

Survivors include daughters, Margie Scott and husband Ben of Baker, Fla., Nancy A. Bass of Baker, Fla., Martha Livengood and husband, Don of Highpoint, N.C., Gwen LeBlanc and husband, Chuck of Baker, fla.; Diane Memory of Baker, Fla.; brothers, Max Barton and wife, June of Andalusia; Dalton Barton and wife, Opal of Andalusia; Ellrey Barton and wife, Barbara of Nashville, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Jim Courtney of Baker, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A time of visitation will be held Saturday, January 3, 2004 of 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Whitehurst-Powell Funeral ome.

Funeral services will be conducted at Antioch Baptist Church on Sunday, January 4, 2004 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jim Jordan, Rev. Jim Skates, and Rev. Alton Nixon officiating. Burial will follow in Goodhope Congregational Cemetery.

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 at10 a.m. Thursday, January 1, 2004 at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing and Rev. Glenn Vaughn officiating.

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

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 were 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 followed 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.

Pallbearers included Roger Miller, Jimmy Rodgers, Dudley Bullock, Ansley Hooks, Billy Turner and Paul Floyd.

Ballona Beck

Ballona Beck, 92, of Andalusia died Thursday, January 1, 2004 in a Shelby County hospital.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004 at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in Winn. Burial will follow in River Hill Baptist Church in Salipta with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include a son, Earl Grey and (Nell) Beck of Andalusia; daughter-in-law, Hazel Beck of Bossier City, La.; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda Faye and Bill Lane of Alabaster; sister, Opal Jones of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Karen Beck, Billy (Cheyenne) Lane, Drew Lane, Nancy Fields, David (Trish) Beck, Kim (Michael) Woodham, Janice (Ken) Weatherbee, Wayne (Rena) Meeks, Phil (Donna) Meeks and Randy (Lori) Meeks; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ballona Beck was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Lynn Beck; a son, Lynn Edwin Beck; a grandson, Grady Lynn (Rusty) Beck; and a great-grandson, Stephen Lenwood Richey.