Obituaries for Tues., Aug. 3, 2010

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Betty Spivey of Opp passed away Mon., Aug. 2, 2010, in Opp’s Mizell Memorial Hospital.

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


Wilson Ashford Odom, 74, of Andalusia, passed away on Sun., Aug. 1, 2010, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held today, Tues., Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Greg Cotter officiating and burial following at Harmony Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Odom of Andalusia; sister, Ann Knotts of Andalusia; one son, and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dozier and Mary Jo DeLoach Odom.

Pallbearers will be Randy Knotts, Brandon Crowell, Todd Caton and Austin Scoggins.


Cleon Lawson, 70, of Samson, formerly of Andalusia, died Fri., July 30, 2010, in the Geneva Hospital.

Funeral services were held Mon., Aug. 2, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Five Runs Cemetery with the Rev. F. J. Weber officiating.

Survivors include his brother, Richard T. Lawson Sr. of Samson; a special nephew and nieces, Richard Lawson Jr. and his wife Brenda of Coffee Springs, Lee Castleberry of Pell City and Marie Mooney of Carrollton, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Lawson of Andalusia, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Mooney, Jacob Mooney, Mike Meeks, Jeff Kirkland, C.J. Hilbers, Dewayne Clarke, Knarvel Smith and Jerry Grissett.

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Grady Lawrence “G.L.” McNeill, 87, of Andalusia died Thurs., July 29, 2010, at his home after an extended illness.

Funeral services were held on Mon., Aug. 2, at 11 a.m., from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Alfred Ikner officiating and interment in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Beverly McNeill of Andalusia; a daughter, Shirley McNeill of Andalusia; three grandchildren, Chris McNeill of Andalusia; Amanda Smith of Andalusia; and Lance McNeill of Florala; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Carlisle Jones and wife, Betty of Jacksonville, Fla.; and sister, Radie Welch of Mobile.

He was preceded in death by his son, Danny McNeill.

Mr. McNeill and his wife moved to Florala from Hartford in the mid-1940s and started McNeill Concrete.

Three years later, he moved to Andalusia and opened a concrete plant here in Andalusia.

In 1952, he received the franchise form Wilbert Burial Vaults out of Chicago and started manufacturing Wilbert Burial vaults, covering an area of 21 counties in Alabama and Northwest Florida from Clanton all the way to the Gulf Coast.

Today, McNeill, Inc., is still owned and operated by Mr. McNeill’s family and provides concrete, burial vaults, septic tank systems and other concrete related products from plants in Montgomery, Andalusia and Florala.

In addition to his passion for hard work, Mr. McNeill was an avid walking horse breeder, trainer and showman. He joined the Tennessee Walking Horse Association in 1977 and was one of its oldest members.

He has owned several world champion walking horses through the years and has won many honors with his horses. In 2009, he owned and showed a World Grand Champion and two Reserve World Grand Champions.

Mr. McNeill was a member of the Wilbert Burial Vault Manufacturers Association, the National Burial Vault Association, the National Ready Mix Association, the Alabama Walking Horse Association, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association and the Alabama Waste Water Board.

Mr. McNeill semi-retired several years back but always stayed active in the business until his health forced him to completely retire a few years back.

Pallbearers were Larry Stewart, Randy Wright, Johnny Stewart, Carl Davis, Max Matthews and Tex Smith.

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William Jerry Beck, 66, of Andalusia, died Sun., Aug. 1, 2010 at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wed., Aug. 3, at the Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Wilkinson officiating, and burial following at Thomasson Cemetery in the Hopewell community.

Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. tonight at Foreman Funeral Home and at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Beck of Andalusia; his son, Rodney Beck of Andalusia; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Jackie Curry of Andalusia and Sadie Copeland of Titusville, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Wade Beck.

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