Obituaries for Wed., May 25, 2011

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Betty Jo Wambles, 80, of Andalusia, died Fri., May 20, 2011 in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.

Funeral services were held Mon., May 23, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Hillary Stewart and the Rev. Billy Boles officiating. Interment followed at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Ovie Wambles; sons, Charles E. (Barbara) Wambles and Ovie A. (Sue) Wambles Jr., all of Andalusia; four grandchildren, Michael Wambles, Christy Wambles, Dixie Templeton and Brian Wambles; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Marie Fuqua and Joan Ballard of Andalusia; brother, Joseph “Billy” Taylor of Florida; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mathew Barnes, Brian Wambles, Donnie Bradley, Johnny Taylor, Eric Martin, Randy Templeton, Joe Dozier and Jason Walker.


Sibyl Jacobs, 88, of the Carolina Community, passed away Mon., May 23, 2011, at her home.

She was a faithful, lifelong member of Carolina Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John Mandrak Jacobs; her parents, Evans and Eva Rodgers; and brothers, Lloyd Rodgers, Evans Rodgers Jr., Kenneth Rodgers and Ross Burton Rodgers.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., today, Wed., May 25, at the Carolina Baptist Church with the Rev. Matt Brady and the Rev. Billy Boles officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Sherry (Jimmy) Garner of the Carolina Community, Ronald (Carol) Jacobs of Andalusia, Tim (Darlene) Jacobs of Jackson and Donna (Mike) Cauley of Andalusia; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lucille Bozeman, Hazel Wood, Don Hutto, Ruth and Charles Lawson, Dean and Gene Jacobs, Esther and Benny Barrow, Ruth Rodgers and Opal Rogers and a number nieces and nephews.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Carolina Baptist Church cemetery fund or church building fund.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Jacobs, Michael Cauley, Jacob Cauley, Brad Garner, Micah Garner, Hubble Sowards, Wade Armstrong and Jon Luke Jacobs.

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


Thelma Doris Cook, 89 of Andalusia died Sat., May 21, 2011, in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be held today, Wed., May 25, at 2 p.m. from the Foreman Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Wilcox officiating. Interment will be in the Goodhope Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Cook of Andalusia; a stepdaughter, Norma (Bruce) Robertson of Pace, Fla.; a stepson, George UpChurch of Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, Glenda (Judd) Granger of Andalusia, Peggy Lewandoski of Mulberry, Fla., Lillie Mae Gay of Jay, Fla., and Syble Dorough of Opp; two brothers, Jimmy (Janel) Berry of Baton Rouge, La., and Jessie Berry of Gantt; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Judd Granger, Zolley Mitchell, Bruce Robertson, Bruce Robertson, Jr., Michael Robertson and Brandy Roberts.

Those unable to attend may sign the online register at


Geraldine Taylor Bracewell, 92, of Andalusia, died Sat., May 21, 2011, at her residence.

Funeral services were held Tues., May 24, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Zion Hill Baptist church Cemetery. Special music was provided by Shirley Lambert and Gaston Kilpatrick.

She is survived by one daughter, Jackie B. Henderson; three sons, Joe T. (Jan) Bracewell, Mac (Shelia) Bracewell and Bernie (Shela) Bracewell, all of Andalusia; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Merline Barnes and Odessa Bracewell, of Andalusia.

Pallbearers will be Alan Bracewell, Tim Bracewell, Chad Bracewell, Justin Bracewell, Mac Bracewell Jr., Brock Bracewell, Joseph Henderson and Dr. Tim Day.


Linda Gail Kyser of Andalusia died Mon., May 23, 2011, at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m., today, Wed., May 25, 2011, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Hunt and the Rev. Ray Miles officiating. Burial will be in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Kyser of Andalusia; her sons and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Danelle Kyser and Austin Kyser, all of Andalusia; her daughters and sons-in-law, Susie and Keith Walden and Melissa and Tommy Cobb of Andalusia; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Mary Alice Robinson of Prattville and Jo Anne Barrow of Brewton.

Pallbearers will be Matt Walden, Brandon Gantt, Joe Kyser, Johnathon Williamson, Jimmy Wiggins, and Gary Kyser.

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


Bobby Ray Johnson was born on Oct. 17, 1958, in Andalusia, to Mrs. Mary Jean Johnson and the late Sonnie Johnson. He departed this life early Friday morning, April 29, 2011, at a Birmingham hospital after an extended illness.

He played football at Andalusia High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds the single season record for rushing yards (2,200 yards) and 23 touchdowns while playing at Andalusia High School. He also played 38 straight games and scored more than 60 touchdowns during his high school career at Andalusia.

In 2011, he was inducted into the first Andalusia Sports Hall of Fame. He was also an avid Auburn fan.

For many years, prior to his illness, he worked in law enforcement in Andalusia and Birmingham.

His life and memory will be forever cherished by his loving and devoted mother, Mary Jean Johnson of Andalusia; devoted companion, Jane Lawrence of Birmingham; brothers, Bernard (Mary) Stallworth of Crestview, Fla., and Robert (Janice) Shakespeare of Andalusia; sisters, Joyce (Aubrey) Shepherd of Mansfield, Ohio, Sonya (Oscar) McAdory of Jacksonville, Fla., and Brenda (Marshall) Johnson of Andalusia; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Duke Smith, Andrew Johnson, Mark Chavers and Jim Locklear; and his devoted pet, “Shelby.”

He was preceded in death by his father, Sonnie Johnson, and two sisters, Mamie Lue Johnson and Diana Johnson.