W.B. Stokes

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 30, 2009

W.B. (Bert) Stokes, a resident of Dothan, died early Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2009, in Extendicare Health &Rehabilitation Center in Dothan. He was 89.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, in the Holman-Headland Mortuary Chapel with Minister Stuart Tullis officiating. Graveside services, with military honors, will follow in Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary in Headland.
Mr. Stokes was born and reared in Houston County, son of the late Grover Cleveland Stokes and Molen Green Stokes. He lived in the Harrison Road community in Dothan most of his lifetime. Mr. Stokes was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart in combat.
He was retired from Seaboard Coastline Railroad as a carman and wrecker engineer. Mr. Stokes was also engaged in farming all his adult life. He was a member of the Honeysuckle Road Church of Christ in Dothan and the Brotherhood Railway Carmen of the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Stokes was preceded in death by his wife, Ellie Mae Powell Stokes; a daughter, Eve Corbin; a son, Roger Bertran Stokes; a brother, Benovan Stokes; and a sister-in-law, Juanita Stokes.
Surviving relatives include three daughters, Lyna Foster and husband Steve Foster of Dauphin Island, Ala., Sonya Halstead and husband Tommy Halstead of Wedowee, Ala., Reva Ward and husband Donnice Ward of Echo, Ala.; a son-in-law, Berlon Corbin of Montgomery; a sister, Violet Hamilton and husband Bob Hamilton of Dothan; a brother, Billy G. Stokes of Cottonwood, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Willodene Stokes of Ozark; grandchildren, Kyle Corbin and wife Myra Corbin, Kim Newberry and husband Don Newberry, Klay Corbin and wife Cathy Corbin, Kari House and husband John House, Travis Powell and wife Cemira Powell, John Bertran Halstead and wife Amanda Halstead, Jonas Halstead, Kade Stokes and wife Laura Stokes, Isaac Stokes, Jocelyn Stokes and husband Jamie Stokes, Seth C. Ward and wife Felicia Ward; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Jackson Corbin, Berlon Corbin, Cory Driggers, Tim Haley, Bill Ivey and Ray Humphrey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 W. Main St., Dothan, AL 36301 or to the Honeysuckle Road Church of Christ “Study Room Fund,” 986 Honeysuckle Rd., Dothan, AL 36305.
Holman-Headland Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 334-693-3371. You may sign a guest register at www.holmanmortuaries.com.