Obituaries for Tues., Dec. 7

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Mrs. Linda Pate Sowell, 60, of Andalusia, died Sun., Dec. 5, 2010 in the Andalusia Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, Tues. Dec.7, in the Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robert Canant officiating. Burial will be in the Paul community.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey Sowell and his fiancee’ Karen Lawson of Andalusia; her daughter and son-in-law, Aimee and Jeremy Cooley of Phenix City, Ala.; her grandchild, Velle Cooley; mother, Voydell Pate of Andalusia; two brothers, C. R. Pate of Brooklyn, Ala., and Jimmy Pate of Andalusia; and one sister, Judy Ward of Belleville, Ala.; special loved ones, John and Madge Sowell of Andalusia; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at


Mr. Herbert “Buddy” Wiggins, 64, of Andalusia, died Sun., Dec. 5, 2010, in a Dothan Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wed., Dec. 8, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Welcome Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Rickey and Kayron Wiggins of Opp; his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Gary Meeks of Andalusia; a step-son, Eddie Miller of Andalusia; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Ruth Driver of Andalusia.

Pallbearers will be Samuel Whitehead, Johnny Tillery, Wayne Harrelson, Mike Queen, Phillip Wiggins, and Larry Jackson.

Family and friends unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at


Jennifer Fisher Romine, 51, of Norcross, Ga., died Dec. 4, 2010.

Funeral services were held Mon., Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church in Norcross, Ga. The burial will be today, Tues., December 7, at 11 a.m. at Andalusia Memorial Garden.

Mrs. Romine was born in Orlando, Fla. She graduated from Andalusia High School and was a graduate of Auburn University, where she earned a business degree and was a member of the A.D. Pi sorority. She was also an active member of Simpsonwood United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Regina Fisher.

She is survived by her husband, John Romine; sons, Matthew Romine and Nicholas Romine; father, Ward Fisher; and sister, Elizabeth Fisher.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K. St., NW, Suite # 500, Washington, DC 20005, (800) 673-1290,

Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home.


Carolyn Loyd Stewart, a longtime Alabama educator/counselor, devoted wife, mother and doting grandmother, died Tues., Nov. 30, 2010,at her home in Arrington, Tenn. She was 70.

A memorial celebration of her life was held on Sun., Dec. 5, at Triune United Methodist Church in Arrington.

Born May 26, 1940, in Gadsden, she grew up in North Alabama, including Scottsboro, Birmingham, Decatur, Huntsville and finally Oneonta, Ala, where her father, Dock S. Loyd, was the county agent, and her mother, Josephine Story Loyd, was a home economics teacher.

She attended Auburn University where she began music studies and met Mark C. Stewart, an upperclassman in the music program, and a fellow member of Auburn’s marching band.

The couple was married Aug. 28, 1960, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer.

She completed her music degree at what was then the University of Chattanooga, and later earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

She devoted her life to education and children, including her two sons and thousands more. Her career spanned more than 30 years, eight schools, two continents and students who ranged from pre-kindergarten through college.

After teaching music in Aschaffenburg, Germany, she moved with her family to Nashville, where she was a founding teacher of the Head Start Kindergarten for the city’s schools and helped integrate her campus.

During her final years in education, she moved from teaching to elementary counseling. She completed a master’s degree at Troy University and served as a school counselor for the last six years of her career. She retired in 1996 in Dothan.

Her involvement in education extended well beyond the classroom. Additional endeavors included holding office in the Alabama Education Association and writing curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House.

She continued writing in retirement, but also found more time for travel, visiting her grandchildren and other family, as well as indulging her passion for reading. She amassed a huge collection of books in all genres and donated many more to area libraries.

Her influence was not limited to school grounds or even education. Mark knew he could count on her help when unexpected problems arose with his Christian education work for local churches and the Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Conference. She was a regular at Blue Lake Camp where she served as Mark’s camp registrar and also might fill-in as arts-and-crafts coordinator, substitute counselor or even dishwasher in the kitchen.

Known for her hospitality, she welcomed scores of her husband’s colleagues, her sons’ playmates, and later, their college roommates, camp counselors, lifeguards and other staff. Everyone was treated like family and she made sure everyone got enough to eat and, when needed, a place to sleep.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons, Marcus (Skipper) and Scott; daughter-in-law, Robin; grandchildren, Jeff, Kirby and Kylee; brother and sister-in-law, David and Rita Loyd; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, the local College Grove Library, Triune Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.