Obituaries for Wed., May 11, 2011

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Michael Levi Neal, 15, of the Loango Community, died in a traffic accident on Mon., May 9, 2011.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foreman Brown Funeral Service.

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Evan Carpenter, 14, of Red Level, died in traffic accident on Sun., May 8, 2011.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foreman Brown Funeral Service.

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Jessie “J.R.” Grice Jr., 66, of Andalusia, passed away Sat., May 7, 2011, in the Enterprise hospital.

Graveside services were held Tues., May 10, at Antioch Cemetery with the Rev. Durwood Cleland officiating and Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Grice of Mobile; daughters, Melanie Smith of Andalusia and Candance Thornton of Wetumpka; two sisters, Sandra Jeter of Enterprise and Jean Curry of Andalusia; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Paul Grice.

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Mrs. “Avon” Nellie Croley Pope Simmons, 94, of Andalusia, passed away Sun., May 8, 2011, in Huntsville, where she had resided for the past few years to be near her daughter.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., today, Wed., May 11, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel. Eulogies will be given by her special friends, Alan Cotton, John Croft and Kym Keahey. Harmonica music will be performed by Tripp Bass. Interment will follow in Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.

Mrs. “Avon” Nellie as her name well implied, was Andalusia’s face for Avon for more than 53 years.  During the 1980s, she worked part time for the City of Andalusia’s Welcome Committee, delivering gift certificates from local merchants to newcomers of Andalusia. In her friendly spirit, she was continually cultivating more and more Avon customers.

Mrs. Nellie was a friend to anyone she met and a top sales lady for the Avon Company for many, many years. Through out the years, she was recognized for her sales achievements, among some of her more prestigious accolades, she was named: Avon Best of the Best, #1 in Sales Increase; Avon Best of the Best, #1 in Sales Volume; Avon District Achievement Award, # 1 in Total Sales; Avon Sales Excellent Award, Spirit of Avon Award Team Leader Award, Avon Honor Society Awards; and the Avon Miss Alvee Award, named for the first Avon representative, Mrs. Alvee.  The Miss Alvee Award was one of the most prestigious awards for club members. This award was presented to sales agents who portrayed exceptional pride, dedication, purpose, spirit and strength –  all qualities which well describe Mrs. Avon Nellie.

Mrs. Nellie won trips to Jamaica and Hawaii and other resort locations, which she and her best friend, Bea Miller enjoyed together.

Survivors include her daughter, Felicia Ann Pope of Huntsville; a special friend, Sherry Ammons of Huntsville; nieces, Janice Gardner and Johnette Day, both of Oxford, Phyllis Day of Pell City, Linda Herron of Hayden, Ala., and Dot Sexton; nephews, John Croley of Mobile, Robert Croley of Greenville and William Sims of Georgianna; and a large host of friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Keahey, R.J. Keahey, Chris Cotton, Harold Carpenter, Johnny Croft and Dennis Bond.


Richard ‘Ricky” Allen Matthews, 48, a resident of McKenzie, passed away Mon., May 9, 2011, after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Wed., May 11, from New Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Clifton Morris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorenza and Erline Matthews, and brother, Terry Ray Matthews.

He is survived by two daughters, Tiffany (Brandon) Sanders of Georgiana and Kimberly Matthews of McKenzie; three grandchildren, Skylar Sanders and Abbie Gail Sanders, both of Georgiana, and Eli Matthews of McKenzie; three brothers, Billy (Clidy) Matthews and Sammy (Sheri McCall) Matthews, both of McKenzie, and Randall (Angeline) Matthews of Georgiana; and many nieces and nephews. In addition, Ricky leaves behind two special friends, Becky Davis and Sue Matthews.

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Mrs. Verla Mae Elmore, 91, of Andalusia, died on Tues., May 10, 2011, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Thurs., May 12, at 11 a.m. from the Foreman Funeral Home with the Rev. Monroe Sasser officiating and interment following in the Goodhope Cemetery.

Visitation will be tonight after 6 p.m. at Foreman’s.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Lamar and Genell Elmore; her daughter and son-in-law, Jo and Donnie Sasser, all of Andalusia; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Dickinson of Highland Home and Thelma Whatley of Callahan, Fla.; and brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Audrey Milton of Troy.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Eiland, Lance Eiland, Greg White, Joe Fuller and Tommy Sutton and Dr. Johnny Dickinson.


Mrs. Adelle Goodson Bullock, age 93, of Andalusia died Tuesday May 10, 2011 in a local nursing facility.

Mrs. Bullock was a nurse for Dr. Ray Evers and at Columbia General Hospital for many years, where she helped deliver hundreds of babies. She and her husband, Louria, owned and operated Spicers Dry Cleaners for many years. She loved decorating her yard for Christmas every year and the neighborhood children grew up helping her decorate it.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louria Bullock; son, John Mark Bullock; parents, Alto and Tera Goodson; sister, Agnes Perry; and brothers, Rushing Goodson and Pershing W. Goodson.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Sat., May 14, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Pritchett officiating. Interment will follow at Harmony Cemetery.

Visitation be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Bullock is survived by nieces and nephews, Ray (Brenda) Goodson of Andalusia; Patsy (Charlie) Pilcher and Jean Goodson Worthington, all of Cullman; Mary (Ron) Wyatt and Travis (Laurie) Perry, all of Dothan, and Tramel L. Perry of Kinston.

Pallbearers will be Ray Goodson, Wade Goodson, Lee Brooks, Cody Washington, Tramel Perry and Travis Perry.


John D. Stokes, 94, of Andalusia, died Tues., May 10, 2011, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Thurs., May 12, at 2 p.m. from the Cedar Grove Church of Christ. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Minister Larry Turman and Fred Segrest will officiate.

Visitation will be tonight after 5:30 p.m. at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home.

Mr. Stokes is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Crystell and Jimmy Prestwood of Andalusia and Gail and Fred Segrest of Meridianville, Ala.; four grandchildren, Debra (Larry) Turman, Lynn (Steve) Newton, Fredrick “Ricky” (Lara Beth) Segrest and Millie Segrest; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Segrest, Tro Turman, Seth Newton, Heath Newton, Reid Newton, Will Newton, and Robert Lee Holley. Honorary pallbearers will be Elders of Cedar Grove Church of Christ, Roy Wilson and Billy Stokes.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Child Haven Orphan Home in Cullman.