Obituaries for Wed., Aug. 4, 2010

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 4, 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.


William Gene “Billy” Thames of Evergreen passed away Tues., August 3, 2010, at his residence.

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 were held Tues., Aug. 3, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Greg Cotter officiating and burial following at Harmony Church Cemetery.

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 were Randy Knotts, Brandon Crowell, Todd Caton and Austin Scoggins.


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

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., today, 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 held 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.

Pallbearers will be John Sheffield, Waller Murphy, Tommy Powell, Jeff Watson, Russ Harper and Jack Sansom.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at


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.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at

Gladys Bennett, 93, died on Fri., July 30, 2010, in Atlanta, Ga.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Talladega, Ala., on Sat., August 7, at 10 a.m.; Usrey Funeral Home directing.
Gladys was born in Mercersburg, Pa., and grew up in northern Iowa.  After high school, she attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where she met and married Clarence Bennett.  From 1942 until 1979, the Rev. and Mrs. Bennett served Alabama Baptist Churches in Baldwin County, Irondale, Hartford, Andalusia, Lincoln and Wilsonville. After her children completed college, Gladys returned to college and graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1974.  She taught for more than 15 years in Andalusia and Talladega County elementary schools. After retiring, the Rev. and Mrs. Bennett lived in the Eureka Community on Lake Logan Martin for 20 years. They moved to Atlanta in 1998. Gladys had a lifelong love of cooking, gardening and travel.

Gladys is survived by three daughters, Judith Ann Donaldson of Marietta, Ga. and Kinston, Ala., Karen Bennett of Ancram, N.Y., and Nancy Bennett of Arlington, Va.; two sons-in-law, Harvey Donaldson and Fred Jones; four grandchildren, Heather O’Donnell of Doylestown, Pa., Maury Donaldson of Basel, Switzerland, Dr. Kate Bennett Komis of Arlington, Va., and Clare Jones Rosenberger of Alexandria, Va.; five great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Richard, Don, Jim and Larry Ott, all of whom residein Iowa.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Clarence; a son-in-law, Paul Dominguez; her parents, Roy and Easter Ott; brothers, Homer, Malcolm and Harold and sisters, Eunice, Grace, Mary, Evelyn, Lois and Ila.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gladys’ name to Presbyterian Village, 2000 East-West Connector, Austell, Georgia 30106