Obituaries for Tues., Jan. 12, 2010

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Waymond Barrow, 68, of Baker, Fla., passed away Sun., Jan. 9, 2011.

He was born on April 8, 1942, in Covington County and was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County. He was a master logger for 27 years. He was a Christian – a Baptist by faith and attended Red Oak Baptist Church in Escambia Farms, was a board member at Baker Water System and of the Board of Directors of Camp Okaloosa, as well as an advisor technician for Blackman Water System. He was a loving husband, daddy, father-in-law and world’s greatest grandpa.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wed., Jan. 12, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church with the Rev. Eugene Meadows and the Rev. Jerry Nelson officiating and burial following in the Wing Cemetery. Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends at the church tonight from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Red and Ruby Barrow; sister, Olean Rathel; brother-in-law, Billy Batson; nephew, Dennis Steele; and two nieces, Annette and Stephanie Moore.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years: Brenda J. Barrow; two children, Angie (Toby) McDaniel of Florala and Kenneth (Melissa) Barrow of Baker, Fla.; five granddaughters, Heather (Jared) Barton of Wing, Whitney and Chasity Barrow of Baker, Fla., and Kendyl and Kaylee McDaniel of Florala; two brothers: Charlie Barrow and Garland (Karen) Barrow, all of Baker, Fla.; three sisters, Obera Batson, Jewel (Ronnie) Bell, all of Baker, Fla., and Ann (Charles) Kelly of Crestview, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Eugenia K. Barfoot, 87, of Adamsville, Ala., passed away Tues., Jan. 4, 2011.

She was retired from the Department of Pension’s and Security.

Graveside services were held Sat. Jan. 8, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery at 1 p.m. with Bro. Jeff Grimes officiating and Ridout’s Elmwood Chapel directing.

She is survived by her husband Arthur Barfoot; two sons, Raymond Barfoot and Henry (Daara) Barfoot; and four grandchildren, Jennifer (Randy) Cox, Ivy (Brandon) Whitley, Alyssa Barfoot and Eric Hancock; and four great-grandchildren, Alexandra Cox, Andrew Cox Noah Whitley and Zachary Whitley.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Florence Hancock.


Mildred Earl, 63, of Andalusia, passed away Sun., Jan. 9, 2011, at her residence.

Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Keahey Funeral Home.


Irene Foshee, 96, of Red Level, passed Mon., Jan. 11, 2011, in the local nursing home.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m., Wed., Jan. 12, at Buck Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Boles, the Rev. Doug Knight and the Rev. Kirk Parker officiating. Special music will be provided by Edna Foshee and accompanist, Janna Foshee. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Keahey Funeral Home and at the church one hour prior to services.

Flowers will be accepted or contributions maybe made to the Buck Creek Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Madison Foshee; her parents, Albert and Docia Small; and granddaughter, Brittanica Leigh Foshee.

She is survived by her children, Christine (Albert) Barton, George (Barbara) Foshee, all of Red Level, Ernestine (Byron) Sturgis of Peachtree City, Ga., William (Janna Lea) Foshee of Red Level, Lewis (Mirian) Foshee of Letohatchee, and Joseph “Doby” (Elanor) Foshee of Augusta, Ga.; grandchildren, Albert (Janet) Barton Jr. of Bend, Ore., Deborah (Charles) Bartholomew of Cypress, Texas, Tina Lynn (Trey) Eppes of Red Level, Sheryl (Wayne) Blair of Augusta, Ga., James (Tina Kay) Foshee II of Hephzibah, Ga., Anthony (Jackie) Foshee of North Augusta, S.C., Byron (Opal) Sturgis Jr. of Huntsville, Angela (George) Rutland of Senoia, Ga., William Bradley Foshee of Lake Mary, Fla., Jennifer (Ron) Strout of Augusta, Ga., Markas (Kelley) Foshee of Huntsville, and Robin (Edna) Foshee of Trussville; and great-grandchildren, Kelly Barton of Eugene, Ore., Albert “Trey” Barton III of Los Angeles, Calif., Allyssa Bartholomew of Cypress, Texas, Caroline Bartholomew of Cypress, Texas, Megan Madison Foshee of Hephzibah, Ga., Gunter Epps of Red Level, James Foshee III of Hephzibah, Ga., Chastity (Samuel) Lee of Augusta, Ga., Elizabeth (Ronnie) Collier of Georgia, Lindsay (Ryan) Straughn of Georgia; Clayton Carl Foshee, Rebecca Elaine Foshee, both of Hephzibah, Ga., Andrew James Foshee of Georgia, Brittany Cliet of Georgia, Taylor Blair of Augusta, Ga., Matthew Sturgis, Katherine Sturgis and Amanda Kay Sturgis, all of Huntsville, Kristen (Nikolas) Carlson of Blackstone, Mass., Erica (James) Gonsoulin of South Carolina, George (Chip) Rutland IV, Ashley Foshee of San Antonio, Texas, and Morgan Foshee, Kendall Foshe, Nathan Foshee and Haley Foshee, all of Trussville.

Since 1943 Mrs. Foshee lived and raised her family of six children on a farm 4 miles east of Red Level. She was always busy with any number of the farm task (driving a tractor, picking cotton, stacking peanuts, milking cows, etc.) while managing the growing children in a busy household. She said that she wanted to always be where her children were. Her husband died in 1958.

She became a Christian as an adult – around the age of 30. She always took her Christianity seriously and was always concerned about her family’s salvation, her brothers and sisters, her children and grandchildren. She made sure that she did not miss an opportunity to witness to those with whom she came in contact. She led many to accept Christ as their Savior.

She was a long time, active member of Buck Creek Baptist Church since 1943, where she was a Sunday School teacher for Women and Youth for many years. She was also active in Women’s Missionary Union. She loved her church and she was dedicated to it. Mrs. Foshee and other women of the church brought meals on a daily basis to the volunteers of the community who helped build the current church in the 1940s.

During the time the church was being built she invited church services to be held in her home for nearly two years. The living room and front porch were used as the sanctuary and the bed rooms and dining room were used as Sunday School rooms. As you might expect it was a tremendous sacrifice by the family, but with her constant encouragement they weathered the storm and all of her children and her husband became Christians. She was proud of her church family and loved her community. She and her husband gave the timber off of their land to build the current Church.

She was known to study her Bible regularly. She was also a prayer warrior – in everything that she did she was in prayer (she was over heard saying something similar to this many times). One of her children’s special memories of their upbringing is that their Mother made sure that they had Bible reading and prayer each night.

Her favorite song was Amazing Grace and her favorite music was Amazing Grace played with bagpipes. One of the joys of her life was to hear a live performance of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards playing Amazing Grace with bagpipes in San Antonio, Texas while visiting her son, Stuart, in 1985.

She was well known for her cooking, especially her biscuits. You could eat her biscuits with just about anything (gravy, syrup, sausage, grits and eggs, etc.) as her children and grandchildren will attest. If you never had the opportunity to share some of her biscuits you missed a real treat. She knew her son, Stuart, savored her biscuits. So she fired up the oven with fresh hot biscuits coming out and ready to go in the mail, only to arrive in San Antonio, Texas a couple of days later with a green fungus covering them. Stuart thanked her for the biscuits, but never explained to her what had transpired. There were never any biscuits shipped from her house from that time forward.

She always had plenty of food for anyone who stopped by for a visit. She was well known in the community for her outstanding southern style cooking. She enjoyed having the pastor and his family over for Sunday lunch or dinner. Her table was always set. She always had a vegetable garden going, both summer and winter and she loved being out in it.

There were two things that she said she would never do; go on a boat or fly on a plane, but when one of her teenage sons, George, was going deep sea fishing with his dad she just could not let him go without her going (to make sure he was safe, presumably). Later when another son lived too far away for her to drive to see him she knew she had to break her word on the other thing that she thought that she would never do. At the age of 54 she had never flown on a commercial airline. One day she had a longing to see her son, Stuart, who was in the U.S. Air Force stationed in San Bernardino, California at Norton AFB. So, she arranged to get a ticket and flew out there by herself. She even took the helicopter ride from Los Angeles airport to San Bernardino. A few days later the helicopter fell out of the sky killing all passengers and pilots, but that did not discourage her. Considering the fact that she previously espoused the view; “if God wanted you to fly he would have given you wings.” She continued to fly to her children wherever they were.

Since 2005, Mrs. Foshee has been a resident of Andalusia Manor where she captured the emotions of most of the employees. Despite her Alzheimer’s disease she maintained a sense of humor and love for her children. The staff lovingly called Mrs. Foshee “Granny,” as she was one of their favorites.

Betty Sue Richardson, 71, of Red Level, died Thurs., Jan. 6, 2011, in a Montgomery hospital.
Funeral services were 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 8, at South Church of God with the Rev. Jason Justice officiating and interment following in the church cemetery.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Dewayne Griggs of Red Level and Kathy and Dennis Parker of Summerville, S.C.; sons, Tommy Jones of Las Vegas and Michael Wayne Jones and Loomis Eugene Jones of Red Level; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Lacey Edwards of Texas; sisters, Mildred Fisher of Jacksonville, Fla., Odessa Smith of Hope Hull and Shirley Turner of Pensacola, Fla.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Griggs, Michael Garrett, John Potter, Sean Jones, D. P. Parker and Damien Tyler.

George Thomas Canant, 78, of Andalusia, died Thurs., Jan. 6, 2011, in an Opp nursing facility.
Funeral services were 2 p.m., Sun., Jan. 9, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with Brother Mike Wilcox officiating and interment following at Antioch Cemetery.
Special music was by Jan Kinsaul and Dale Marley
He is survived by his wife, Betty Canant of Andalusia; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Charlie Brown of Columbiana and Donna and Ricky Bass of Andalusia; sons and daughter-in-law, Allen and Mirian Canant of Andalusia and Lee Canant of Jackson, Miss.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Vivian Cobb and Carol Rogers of Marianna, Fla.; and brother, Phillip Canant of Charleston, S.C.
Pallbearers were Jeb Brown, Nick Bass, Jake Brown, Mac Canant, Eddie Powell and Jarod Speer.