Obituaries for Wed., Aug. 11, 2010

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Edwina Morgan Murphy was born on Jan. 12, 1921, in the town of Sunny South, Ala., to James Martin Morgan Sr. and Katherine Mae Morgan. She was a graduate of Thomasville High School and the University of Montevallo, and earned her master’s degree from Troy University.

She married Major Ray Walker Murphy, U.S. Army Air Corp, on Sept. 7, 1946, and moved with him to his hometown of Andalusia where he joined his father’s law practice. They were married 39 years until his death in 1985. Mrs. Murphy adored Andalusia and often introduced herself to newcomers as “the unofficial mayor” (even once famously to the governor while the real mayor was standing nearby). She was renowned for her annual pool party, her license plate “GWT WIN,” her duck head hood ornament and her infectious sense of humor. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church and an avid supporter of the Andalusia Ballet.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Michael Thomas and Susan Wiggins Murphy of Birmingham, Arthur McCoy and Patricia Murphy Carlton of Fairhope, and James Mark and Meryane Martin Murphy of Andalusia; Mike and Susan’s children – Lt. Commander Morgan Wells Wiggins Murphy, U.S. Navy, of Birmingham; Marissa Murphy and Brook Wilson Loper and their children Bennett Wilson, Lydia Helen and Brant Wells Loper of Memphis; Lauren Murphy and Alan Scott Ward and their son Graham Patrick Ward of Dallas; and Meredith Murphy and William Henry McLemore III of Birmingham; Pat and Arthur’s children – Wynn Carlton and Stewart McDaniel Nobles and their children Katherine McCoy, Margaret Wynn and Caroline Murphy Nobles of Fairhope; and Mary Catherine and Joseph Gillespie Law III and their children Lillian Walker, Catherine Roberts and Virginia Evelyn Law of Mobile; and Mark and Meryane’s children – James Martin and Susan Evans Murphy of Birmingham and Richard Michael Murphy of Birmingham. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Morgan Akens of Huntsville and a sister-in-law, Peggy Morgan of Birmingham.

She loved to refer to her family as “the best family in the world.”

Mrs. Murphy died Mon., Aug. 9, 2010, in a Birmingham hospital. A celebration her life will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Andalusia at 10 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 12, with visitation immediately following the service. A family graveside will follow after the visitation.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Andalusia: 403 E Three Notch St., Andalusia, AL 36420.


John Christopher Hallford, 43, of Dozier, died Fri., Aug. 6, 2010, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Tues., Aug. 11, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chad Boswell officiating and burial following in Goodhope Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Linda and Lamar Long of Mobile; his brothers and sister-in-law, Greg (Alexiss) Hallford of Enterprise, Paul Etter of Crestview, Fla., and Bill Mayhall of Andalusia; his sisters and brother-in-law, Sabrina Hallford and Tammy and Doug Sasser, all of Andalusia; his paternal grandmother, Mildred Hallford of Fairhope, Ala.; and his stepmother, Patty Hallford of Andalusia

He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Hallford.

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


Kent Edwin Porter, 54, of Dozier, died Mon., Aug. 9, 2010, in the Andalusia hospital.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., today, Wed., Aug. 11, at the Dozier Methodist Church with the Rev. Phillip Chance officiating and burial following in the Dozier Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Porter of Dozier; his daughters, Savina Porter of Dozier, Ashley Porter of Milton, Fla, Miranda Porter of Evergreen, Whitney Abbott of Dozier, Chelsie Porter of Foley and Adrianna Porter of Foley; sons, Kaden Porter of Dozier, Gabriel Porter of Fairhope and Michael Porter of Castleberry; his grandchildren, Zoie Abbott, Kaleb Abbott, Lexus Oates, Nevada Porter, Christopher Porter, Maximums Porter, Matthew Porter and Brianna Oates; his brothers, Carlton Porter, Daryl Porter and Sherwood Porter, all of Summerdale; his sisters, Brenda Sareigo, Gayle Porter and Verla Nichols.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Ard, Michael Porter, Gabriel Porter, Jim Faison, Glenn Kimbro and Clayton Blanchard.

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