Obituaries for Wed., Sept. 1, 2010

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Carl Dale Ammons, 53, of Loango, born Dec. 30, 1956, in Weslaco, Texas, passed away suddenly from this life at 7:49 p.m., on Fri., Aug. 27, 2010, at the Southeast Medical Center in Dothan, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was a graduate of Red Level High School, Lurleen B. Wallace Jr. College and Auburn University at Montgomery, where he graduated with honors.

He was a lifelong Alabama fan who loved to float down the river with his son and his brothers. He worked for many years with State of Alabama as a chemist, but later moved from Montgomery to Loango to help his mother in any way possible and always made every possible effort to look out for every member of his family. And while science was his main love, science fiction, computers and old-time rock-n-roll were a close second.

He is survived by his mother, Ruby Gregory; his son, Elijah Thoreau Ammons of Millbrook; his sister, Peggy Ann Armstrong of Enterprise; and brothers, John Ervin Ammons of Slapout, Ala., Carmen Ray Ammons of Andalusia, Jimmy Lee Ammons, Charles James Ammons and Billy Joe Ammons, all of Loango; several aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carmen Ammons of Red Level in 2000; and a brother, Allen Wayne Ammons of Red Level, who died in a traffic accident in 1983.

To honor his love of science, Mr. Ammons elected to donate his body to science. As a result, he will be cremated, and a memorial service announced at a later date.


Paul Daniel Flournoy, born in Mobile on April 24, 1977, passed away on Fri., Aug. 27, 2010, in Fairhope. He was 33 years old.

A memorial celebration to honor his life will be held today Wed., Sept. 1, at 1 pm at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort with Pastor Susan Berent officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Taylor Michael Flournoy of Fairhope; mother, Liisa J. Flournoy of Fairhope; father, James D. Flournoy of Gulf Shores; stepmother, Debra Evans of Gulf Shores; grandfather, Paul Jackson of Tuscaloosa; uncles, Daniel B. Flournoy of Hollywood, Calif., and Andrew C. Jackson of Seagrove Beach, Fla.; aunt, Susan J. Blankenship of Tuscaloosa; and numerous other relatives and dear friends.

His love of animals and nature led him to pursue a degree in biology at Auburn University, where he graduated cum laude in 2002. While at Auburn, he worked as a volunteer at the Southeastern Raptor Center helping to rehabilitate injured birds of prey and return them to their natural habitats. After graduation, he followed his passion for animals through professional work as a wildlife biologist by participating in research studies involving the spotted owl and big horn sheep in Oregon and the California condor in Arizona. He later began graduate studies at Ohio State University, where he was engaged in research regarding the river otter.

He is remembered as a kind and loving young man with a gentle soul. Spending time with family and friends and sharing old memories while making new ones were special occasions for Paul. These times brought out his sweet smile and made those around him feel loved.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to The Haven Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1063, Fairhope, AL 36533; the Southeastern Raptor Center Adopt-A-Raptor Program, 1350 Raptor Road, Auburn University, AL 36849; the Weeks Bay Foundation, 11401 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532; or the Friends of Five Rivers, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527.