Obituaries for Wed., June 15, 2011

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Benjamin Clay “Ben” Weed, 50, of the Red Oak Community, died Sat., June 11, 2011, in a Dothan hospital.

Funeral services were held Tues., June 14, from the Red Oak Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Northrop and the Rev. Eugene Meadows officiating. Interment will be in the Red Oak Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Weed; one son, Hunter Cheshire; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Foster Weed; his sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Randall Copeland; his niece, Ashley Copeland; his nephews, David (Shelly) Copeland and Adam Copeland; his great nephew, Judd Copeland, all of Andalusia.

Pallbearers will be Josh Cheshire, Branden Cheshire, Jody Jackson, Jerry Norris, Darrell Smithart and Scott Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Woodham, Joseph Powell Jr., Randall Copeland and Austin Whitehurst.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The American Liver Foundation, c/o Beth Derosa, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, New York, 10006.

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Caudie Faye Jackson Middleton died on June 12, 2011, at her residence in Georgiana.

Graveside services will be held today, Wed., June 15, at 10 a.m., from the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. John Bell, pastor of Fairmount Baptist Church, officiating. Family will meet with friends at the cemetery.

A native of the South community in Covington County, she moved to Georgiana after marrying John Elmer Jackson in 1948. She was the only daughter of Daisy Pearl and Joe Sephus Jackson.

She was proud that her roots ran deep in Covington County. She was the granddaughter of Emily Frances Lord and John L. Hitson and Sarah Ann Narramore and John C. Jackson. She was a descendant of several Civil War soldiers and William Lord, a Maryland patriot.

She was a supportive wife to her husband, Elmer, and helped him in his career with the L&N Railroad. She was a friend to many people, assisting them in business and medical concerns. She kept a lovely home and enjoyed gardening, canning and crafts. She had an inquisitive mind and read extensively on history and medicine. She was also a friend to animals and cared for many of them over the years.

Predeceased by her husband; an infant son; her daughter, Norma Jean Barnes Gillespie; and her only brother, Curtis McCoy “Coy” Jackson, she is survived by her daughter, Emily Patricia Ann Barnes Nolan of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; her granddaughter and caregiver, Pamala Celeste Nolan; grandsons, Mark, Guy and Phillip and her other granddaughter, Melissa; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Butler County Humane Society, PO Box 264, Greenville, AL 36037.

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Grider Bragg Wilson, 65, died Mon., June 13, 2011, at his residence.

Graveside services will be held today, Wed., June 15, at 11 a.m., at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Judson Blackstock officiating.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home two hours prior to the service.

He was lifelong resident of Covington County. He graduated from Straughn High School in 1964 and from the University of South Alabama in 1972. He served four years as a Marine and also served a tour of duty in Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Shelia Rabren Wilson; his sister, Cherry Wilson Chandler of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; his brother-in-law, Don Parsons of Andalusia; his sister-in-law, Sherry (Tommy) Flowers of Montgomery; his nieces, Kellye (Mickey) Sharpe of Andalusia, Lee Flowers of Tallahassee, Fla., and Lacy Chandler Green of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; his nephews, Jeff (Bonnie) Flowers of Madison and Jon (Leigh Ann) Parsons of Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents Woodrow “Pres” and Ethlyn Grider Wilson; his sister-in-law, Scarlett Parsons, and his brother-in-law, Harold Rabren.

Flowers or memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Comfort Care Hospice or the charity of one’s choice will be accepted.

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Richard C. “Buddy” Harper, 71, of Andalusia, died Sun., June 12, 2011, in the Andalusia Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Fri., June 17, at the Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Boles, the Rev. Gary Miller and the Rev. Bob Stamnes officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow the service in the Harper Family Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 4 p.m., Thurs., June 16, at Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Harper of Andalusia; his sons and daughter-in-law, Mark and Bridget Harper and Michael Harper, all of Andalusia; his daughter and son-in-law, Marrianne Harper and J. W. DuBose of Andalusia; grandchildren, Haley Harper, Chase Harper, Brayden Harper, John Harper DuBose and Jessa Ann DuBose; a brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Cindy Harper of Andalusia; two sisters, Doris Aycock of Andalusia and Carolyn McInnish of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Harper and Ona Lee Harper Cushing, and brother, Robert Harper.

Pallbearers will be Tony Dunevant, Ken Petty, Bobby Wilson, Dr. Tim Day, Tim Worley and Jerry Pierce

Honorary pallbearers will be Harper Electric employees, C.R. Pate, Jim McClain, Wayne Goodman, Jimmy Kirkland, Ricky McLin, Pete Riley, Bubba Evers, Roger Smith and Harry Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in his honor to the charity of one’s choice.

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