Obituaries for Sat., June 4, 2011

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 4, 2011


Mr. Jimmy Craig Ham, 51, of Andalusia passed away Thurs., June 2, in Mizell Memorial Hospital.

Graveside Services will be held 10 a.m. Sat., June 4, at Beaver Dam Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Bullock Community. The Rev. John Eiland will officiate and Keahey Funeral Home will direct.

Survivors include his mother, Jo Wilson of Andalusia; daughter, Jessie Ham of Enterprise; brothers, Chris (Debbie) Ham of Babbie and Carl (Phyllis) Ham of Dozier; sister, Carol (Scotty) Carter of Andalusia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ham was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Ray Ham.

Family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to South Central Mental Health.

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Roger LaDon Odom Jr., 40, of Dozier, died Wed., June 1, 2011.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Sat., June 4, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Morgan officiating. Interment will follow in Goodhope Cemetery.

Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 at Foreman’s.

He is survived by two daughters, Caroline Odom and Haley Odom of Andalusia; one sister, Regina Odom (Clint) Walker; a niece, Jessica Walker; and nephew Justin Walker, all of Dozier.


On the morning of Fri., May 6, 2011, Mother Lucy Gardner’s soul took its flight from this world of sin, sorrow and pain to a place of eternal rest.

Mother Gardner was born Aug. 15, 1924, to the late John and Bessie Staley in Gantt.

She was blessed with a large family – 13 siblings and is survived by four – Douglas Staley, Louise White, Iola Bryant and Lillie Bonam; eight preceded her in death.

Mother Gardner was married to the late Ernest Robertson and to the late Will Gardner.

Mother Gardner never met a stranger and made everyone feel loved. She enjoyed talking with people and assisting them in any way possible. She was a professional seamstress – known for her unique styles of handkerchiefs, quilts, and alterations within the community.

One of her favorite hobbies was gardening. Mother Gardner also served within the church as president of the sewing circle and church mother.

She also served proudly as one of the first NAACP secretaries.

In addition to serving in the NAACP, she played a major role in the awareness of the Civil Rights Movement for fair treatment of all people.

She leaves to cherish her memories: eight children, Lynn (Shanitha) Gardner, Dr. Gwen (Tyran) Brannum, Marshene (Debbie) Gardner, Jearnean (Joseph) Jackson, David Robertson and Alice Mahomes.

She was preceded in death by two children, James Robertson and Georgia Matthews.

Mother Gardner’s seed of adoration, 18 grandchildren; her flowers of honor, 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, her blossoms and many loving nieces, nephews, church family, neighbors and community.

A very special thank you to lifelong friend Mr. C. L. Kirkpatrick. Mother Gardner’s legacy will live on through her children and all she loved.