Obituaries for Thurs., May 27, 2010

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 27, 2010


Timothy James “T.J.” Fleming, 20, of Lockhart, passed away Tues., May 25, 2010, at his residence after courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 14, 1990, to Mike and April Fleming. He was diagnosed with a rare type of glandular cancer in his head/throat region in January 2010, which spread at a rapid pace, but not before he touched the lives of many.

He was a 2008 graduate of Florala High School, where he played football and baseball and was among the top 10 graduates. After graduating, he attended Enterprise-Ozark Community College on a baseball scholarship before transferring to Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, where he continued to play baseball.

On and off the field, T.J. was a very driven and focused young man who always gave his all. He was quick to help and never complained. There was never a dull moment when he was around. He was so jubilant and full of life that his laughter filled ever room he was in. Even during his difficult battle with cancer, he remained strong and kept his faith in God.

His strength, courage and will to fight have impacted our community in ways that are difficult to fully express in words. He was, is and will always be a blessing to our community. He gives us all a new meaning to the quote, “When times get tough, the tough get going.” He is an inspiration to us all.

Survivors include his parents, Mike and April Fleming of Lockhart; brothers, Bobby Fleming, Zac Fleming, Danny Bise and Zach Taylor; grandparents, Jackie Fair, Tony Talley, Michaela Talley and Richard Fair; aunts and uncles, Sandy and Will Jordan, Steven and Cynthia Henderson, Ricky Henderson, James “Flip” Fleming, Tony and Currie Talley and Chris and Amy Talley.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m., Fri., May 28, at Florala High School with the Rev. James Pickron officiating.


Allene Sasser of Gulf Breeze, Fla., formerly of Andalusia, passed away Wed., May 26, 2010.

Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Keahey Funeral Home.


David Ray Powell, 47, of Houma, La., passed away unexpectedly Mon., May 24, 2010, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sat., May 29, at the Keahey Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Fred Karthaus officiating and burial following in the Andalusia Memorial cemetery. Keahey Funeral Home is directing.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include his father, Ray Powell of Houma, La.; sister and brother-in-law, Lillie Anne and Scott Salsberry of Franklin, Tenn.; fiancé, Lisa Parker of Houma, La.; nieces and nephews, Christopher Authement, Abigail Salsberry and John Salsberry.

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Fay Reddish, age 77, of Morristown, Tenn., and formerly of Covington County, passed away Sun., May 23, 2010.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., today, Thurs., May 27, at the Sanford Assembly of God Church. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include: one daughter, Brenda Stimmell of Whiteburg, Tenn.; brothers, Randy Reddish of Stuart, Fla., and David Reddish of Birmingham; sister, Margie Armor of Milton, Fla.; grandchildren, Travis D. Croxdale, Heather Gordon and Samuel Stimmell; great-grandchildren, Jacob Stimmell, Elizabeth Stimmell, Aaron Long and Travis D. Croxdale.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Fred Reddish. TARA DAWN PETTY Tara Dawn Petty, 35, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of Andalusia, died Sat., May 22, 2010, in Pensacola.

Funeral services will be held today, Thurs., May 27, at 10 a.m. from the Foreman Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in the Cedar Grove Church of Christ Cemetery with Minister Doug Williams officiating.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Petty of Andalusia; a sister, Ginger Wilson of Birmingham; a nephew, Connor Wilson of Birmingham; several aunts and uncles and cousins; and her beloved dog, Sam. Pallbearers will be Jason Tatum, Jeb Tatum, Brandon Davis, Garrett Davis, Jason Petty and Royce Petty. Memorials may be made to the Tara Petty Memorial Scholarship Fund at any Wachovia bank.

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Bobby Gene Rhodes, 74, of Opp died Mon., May 24 at his residence. Funeral services were held Wed., May 26, from the Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Weber officiating and burial following in the Rhodes Cemetery in Kinston.

Pallbearers were Blake Thomason, Keith Calhoun, Ronnie Rhodes, Pee Wee Floyd, Shawn Worley and Ryan Rhodes.

Survivors include his wife Brunese Rhodes of Opp; three sons and daughters-in-law, Steve (Ann) Rhodes of Andalusia; David (Gwen) Rhodes of Kinston; Shawn (Jeannie) Rhodes of Opp; daughter, Tanya McCallum of Opp; 22 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; brother, James (Mary) Rhodes of Opp; two sisters, Grace (Jimmy) Ludlum of Montgomery and Betty Castleman of Enterprise.

He was preceded in death by his son, James Rhodes, and daughter, Judy Jones.

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