Obituaries for Fri., April 15, 2011

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 15, 2011


Ray Powell, 86, of Andalusia, passed away Wed., April 13, 2011, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Keahey Funeral Home.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Lillie Powell (Scott) Salsberry of Franklin, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Menette Powell of Andalusia; brother, Jack Powell of Eufaula; sisters, Cora Lee Oswald and Louise Bowman, both of Andalusia; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Everage Powell, and son, David Powell.


Kenneth Ronald “Dick” Raley, 76, of Florala, passed away Wed., April 13, 2011, in a Crestview, Fla., nursing facility after an extended illness.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1935, in Andalusia to Chester P. Raley and Allie Bell Bullger Raley. He was one of nine siblings.

He lived the majority of his life in Andalusia, where he frequently enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m., Sat., April 16, at Red Oak Baptist Church Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters, Bessie R. Maddox, Jessie L “Jay” Mathews, Pauline R. Bowman, Helen M. Barbaree, Virginia Chesire and Ferrolyn Patten; and two brothers, James P. Raley, and Bobby R. Raley.


Eunice Grissett Beasley, 100, of River Falls, died Tues., April 13, 2011, in a local nursing home.

Funeral services will be held on Sat., April 16, at 2 p.m. from Foreman Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Alan Harp and the Rev. Carl Douglas officiating and interment following in the River Falls Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday at 12:30 at Foreman Funeral Home until the time of the service.

She is survived by her daughter, Diana Harp of Brewton and her two sons, T.E. “Buddy” Grissett of River Falls and James. W. Grissett and wife Gail of Andalusia; 13 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Semion Denzel Grissett and J.O. Beasley; her son, Max Grissett; and her two daughters, Marlene G. Fryer and Thera Brogden.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Tommy Grissett, Phil Grissett, Jimmy Grissett, Kenny Grissett, Thomas Harp, Andy Harp, Mike Grissett and Hiram Brogden.

Flowers or memorials to the charity of one’s choice will be accepted.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the online guests registry at


Betty Lou Smith, 83, of Andalusia, passed away Wed., April 13, 2011, at her residence. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

She was born March 10, 1928, in St. Joseph, Mo. She was a much-loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was very understanding, caring and giving. She loved cats and being around her family. She will be missed.

May God bless everyone whose life was somehow touched by her.

She leaves behind four adorable children, Kenneth Lee (Ann), Janette Louis (Doug), Alan Lester and Kathy Lynn (Terry); grandchildren, Kristi Smith, Kenneth Lee Jr. (Jacquelyn), Nathaniel Smith, Jenifer Smith, Jeremiah Smith, Samuel, David, Karina (Antar), Shawna (Lawson), Denise (Julian), Nick, Brittany, Terisa (Mike), Tanesha Franklin, Gerick Ball and Travis Broughton; and great-grandchildren, Rashelle (Chad) Fisher, Tomas (Casey) Smith, Solomon Blackman, Damani, Antar, Jaden, Anthony, Andre, Jalaysia, Travasia, Darius, Malik, Jak Jak, Tyson, TJ, Katelyn, Jamari, Tyra, Grace, Christian, Bella, Hanna, Alyssa, Nathanial Jr. and Kristiana. She is also survived by a very special and good friend, Mrs. Mary Jane. She is also survived by her dogs, Zoe and Charlie.

“You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she’d want: Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

“We love and miss you, Gram.”



Wayman Aughtman Sr., 70, of Eight Mile, Ala., formerly of Andalusia, died Tues., April 12, 2011, in Pensacola, Fla.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Sat., April 16, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robert Canant officiating, and burial following in Adams Cemetery in the Antioch community.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include his son, Duane Barnes of Texas, Wayman Aughtman, Jr., of Mobile, Truman Aughtman of Wayesboro, Miss., and Lonnie Aughtman of Mobile; his daughters, Bonnie Barnes of Pace, Fla., Cindy Rowe of Citronelle and Carmen Eagle of Niceville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brothers, Bobby Aughtman and Truman Aughtman, both of Mobile, Royce Aughtman of Andalusia and Larry Aughtman of Virginia; and two sisters, Joanne Grissett of Andalusia and Linda Chinawik of Wyoming.

Those unable to attend the service may sign the guest registry online at