Obituaries for April 7, 2011

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 7, 2011


Mozelle Aughtman Harrelson, 85, of Gantt, died Mon., April 4, 2011 at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., today, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frankie McVay officiating, and interment following in the Gantt Cemetery.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Jennifer Harrelson, David and Martha Harrelson, Paul Harrelson, and Tim and Pat Harrelson; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren

Pallbearers will be Billy Bickley, Hubert McVay, Johnny McVay, Stuart Day, Andy Adams and Dane Adams

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Nora Jayne Adams, 72, of Andalusia, died Mon., April 4, 2011, in the Opp Nursing Home.

No services are scheduled.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Chandra and Daniel Bozeman of Andalusia; her son and daughter-in-law, Chadd Leo and Kimberly Bartlett of Opelika; her grandchildren, Kristin Catrette of Andalusia, Seth Bartlett of Opelika, Hunter Catrette of Andalusia, Ryan Bartlett, Kiersten Barlett, both of Opelika, and Logan Bozeman of Andalusia.

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Theodore M. Atkinson Jr. of Williamstown, Mass., died Sat., March 26, 2011, at the Sweetbrook Nursing Home in Williamstown after a time of declining health.

He was born in Boston on Nov. 3, 1926, to Jane (Holt) and Theodore Mayo Atkinson and grew up in Winchester, Mass.

After service in the Army during World War II, while stationed in the Philippines, Mr. Atkinson graduated from Amherst College in the class of 1950, where he earned a master of divinity degree from the Yale Divinity School in 1953. He was ordained that year at the First Congregational Church in Winchester. He later earned a master’s in education degree from Harvard and briefly taught in Ipswich, Mass.

The Rev. Atkinson served as minister to Congregation churches in Danbury, Conn.; Peru, Pittsfield, Boston, and New Marlborough, Mass.; in Newport, R.I.; and Bethesda, Md. He retired after 25 years as a Congregational minister to become a professional genealogist. After turning to genealogy, he specialized in researching early Vermont families, notably the Carpenters of Carpenter Hill in Pownal and Bennington, from whom he was descended.

A member of the Congregational Church in Williamstown, Mr. Atkinson was a faithful and generous volunteer in the research library of the Bennington Museum and was a docent at the Old First Church in Old Bennington. Subjects of his special interest were early New England meetinghouses and gravestones, on which he gave illustrated lectures. Also active with the Pownal Historical Society, in recent years he was its program chairman. His other interests included birds, classical music, tennis and poetry, and he enjoyed playing bridge and chess.

He leaves his wife, Anne Kelway Libby Atkinson of Williamstown; two sons: Timothy, a retired U. S. Navy captain, and his wife, Michelle, and children, Zachary and Hannah, all of Manassas, Va.; and Dr. Tobias and his wife, Janet, and children, Joshua and Sarah, all of Andalusia; two brothers: Robert and his wife, Elizabeth of Mattapoisett, Mass., and John and his wife, Natalie, of Reading, Mass.; and a first cousin, Jane Chamay of Pownal.

A private memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sun., April 10, in the Paresky Education Center of the Bennington Museum. Interment of ashes will take place in the family cemetery near the orchard on Carpenter Hill in Bennington.


Fancher Phelps, 73, of Andalusia, passed away Sun., April 3, 2011, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m., today, at the First Presbyterian Church in Andalusia with the Rev. Dale R. Sallans officiating and special music by Pharrah Spears Peek. Interment will follow in Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery with full military honors. Keahey Funeral Home is directing.

Visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church one hour prior to services.

He served in the United States Marines. He was active during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and served in the Marine Reserves during Desert Storm. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church, and worked with the Andalusia Police Department as a policeman for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Sharron E. Phelps; three daughters, Jennifer Phelps, Kim Phelps, both of Andalusia, and Julie Duren of Mobile; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Byron Boyer of Louisville, Ky.; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Duren and T.J. Duren; mother-in-law, Mary Ehman of Dallas; and two brothers-in-law, Frank C. Ehman Jr. of Texas and John W. Ehman of Pennsylvania.