Obituaries for Tues., Dec. 28, 2010

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Harriet Ellen Meeks Blair, 74, of Andalusia, died Sun., Dec. 26, 2010, in the Andalusia Manor nursing home.

Born in Tifton, Ga., on April 4, 1936, she was raised in the Avon Park, Fla., area. She moved to Opp when she married Charles “Ed” Blair in 1951. After moving to Cantonment, Fla., she worked for more than 30 years at Monsanto before retiring in 1992.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., today, Tues., Dec. 28, at the Salem Church Cemetery with Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be at Foreman Funeral Home from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. today.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nettie Pitts Meeks; her husband, Ed; brothers, Billy, Oren and H. B. Meeks; sisters, Etta, Ophie, Eva Mae and Rilla.

She is survived by sisters-in-law, Thelma Glisson and Elma Grissett, and many nieces and nephews.

Harriet enjoyed cooking, growing flowers and her beloved pets, Ginger and Scruffy.

She will be missed.

Pallbearers will be Carl Glisson, Tim Glisson, Gerald Edgar, William Blair, Rusty Blair and James Marion Blair.

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Margaret Copeland Prestwood, 96, passed away Tues., Dec. 21, 2010.

Family and friends celebrated her life on Mon., Dec. 27, at Keahey Funeral Chapel with Dr. Fred Karthaus officiating, and interment following at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Prestwood was born in Troy on Nov. 19, 1914, to Lucy and Seth Copeland and was the first of four children. She is preceded in death by siblings, Ann Anderson, Lucy Taylor and Seth Copeland Jr.

She grew up in Troy and was educated at Troy University, which was then Troy Normal Teachers College. She moved to Andalusia to teach school and married James M. Prestwood in 1939. They were married until James died in 1996.

They had four children. Margaret Jean Vaughn of Pace, Fla., Lucy Elaine Schliesser (John) of Lakeland, Fla., the late James Morgan Prestwood III and the late Kent Snead Prestwood.

She has five grandchildren, James (Selena) Vaughn of Daphne, Laura Pierson of Coconut Creek, Fla., Jill (Joey) Watkins of New Orleans, Kari (Jason) Holley of Mountain Brook, and Jaime Prestwood of Andalusia.

She has seven great-grandchildren, Andrew, James and Shelby Pierson, Ellie and Copeland Holley, Ashley Beck and Austin Davis.

She was a longstanding member of the First Baptist Church of Andalusia and served there in various capacities over the years. She also enjoyed the historical society, garden clubs, study clubs, bridge clubs and ladies golf. She was elevated to “oldest active member status” in some of her favorite organizations.

Margaret’s life was like a beautiful garden, and flowers were entwined throughout it. A natural gardener, she enjoyed growing and arranging flowers, as well as studying and painting them.

Deepest appreciation is expressed to Barbara Bradley, Marge Elmore and the entire Elmore family who gave their love, support and companionship over the years, doubling as Margaret’s caregivers and guardian angels.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 700 East Three Notch, Andalusia, AL 36420.

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