Obituaries for Sat., Sept. 15, 2011

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 15, 2011


Frank Smith, 62, of Andalusia, died Thurs., Oct. 21, 2011, in a Crestview, Fla., nursing facility.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sun., Oct. 16, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Pritchett and the Rev. Brent Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Beda Cemetery.

Visitation will be held tonight at 6 at Foreman Funeral Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Arthur Smith and Jenny Clark Smith.

He is survived by his wife, June Smith of Andalusia; sons, Avery (Kathryn) Smith and Aaron Smith; grandchildren, Jackson Smith, Tyler Smith, Sophia Smith and Luke Smith, all of Daytona Beach, Fla.; sisters, Carolyn (Bobby) Orr of Eclectic and Jeanette (Johnny) Wilson of Wing; brother, Robert “Bob” (Dianne) Smith of Andalusia; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Those unable to attend the services may leave online condolences at



The homegoing of Mama Lillie Mae Brannon, 88, of Opp, took place early Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, 2011, as she was surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held on Mon., Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church in Opp with Kirk’s Funeral Chapel directing. Visitation will be held at the church two hours prior to the services.

She was born on Feb. 12, 1932, in Rammer, and grew up in Rutledge, before moving to Opp as a young adult where she married R.J. Brannon. She was the daughter of the late Elijah Givens and the late Ora Lee Pouncy-Miller. She was the granddaughter of the late Missouri Nicholson and the daughter-in-law of Bud “Big Poppa” Brannon, who plowed many of the neighborhood gardens.

Lillie Mae affectionately known as “Miss Lillie Mae” worked various jobs during her lifetime to support her children before illness incapacitated her. She is the only person to have three addresses in virtually the same spot on the same street. She raised her children at 170 South College Street, which was renovated to 409 South College Street. She did not like to change, but finally she acquired a beautiful brick home at 411 South College Street, on the corner. What a legacy she leaves in being a strong pillar within her community. The “brick house on the corner” will never be the same without Miss Lillie Mae.

She had a great sense of humor and loved to cook her southern dishes and top them off with a good home cooked biscuit, tea and lemonade. She was an immaculate housekeeper who loved animals – the wilder the better – because she would work her magic by feeding and then taming them. In addition, she loved to grow beautiful vegetable gardens and flowers. She loved to fish and will be truly missed by many family members, Clemmie, Ray Mack and Paul, because they have lost their fishing partner, who all thank God for the fishing experiences and memories.

What a “trooper” Miss Lillie Mae was to survive many serious illnesses, ups and downs, ins and outs and still continue to give God the praise. During her sickness, she always asked for her Bible – not for a pain pill – but for her Bible. She could attest to the fact that in the Word of God, she had a hiding place. She continued to abide under the shadow of the almighty (Psalms 91:1) and let God be her refuge and strength, in Him she put her trust. Miss Lillie served faithfully as a member of the Mother’s Board at Nazareth Baptist Church and always supported the ministry. She loved to play her tambourine and was truly a nonsense person who loved the Lord and shewed forth His love for her when she accepted His invitation to salvation. Her favorite motto was: “Only one life it will soon be past, only what you do for Christ will last.”

She was blessed to experience many generations come together during the 2008 and 2009 Nicholson/ Pouncy/ Brannon family reunions. These events were coordinated by her granddaughter, Jacqueline Henderson-Jackson, and daughter, Mary Brown. Mama Lillie Mae was instrumental in providing “pedigree” information, because she was able to remember many people, places and things.

Mama Lillie Mae leaves a legacy of memories to her children, Clemmie Henderson, Lester Brannon (Janice), Roy Lee Bell, Jehovah “Jay” Brannon, all of Opp; Ray Mack Brannon (Carol) of Orange Park, Fla.; Mary Brown (Kenneth) and Eunice Whitley (Tony), both of Stamford, Conn.; one brother, Jeff Pouncy (Ida) of New Brockton; and two sisters, Mary Joe Pouncy of Rankin, Ill., and Sarah Pouncy-Reeves of Newport News, Va.

She was predeceased by her husband; one daughter, Myra Brannon; five brothers, General “Buddy” Pouncy, Frank Pouncy, Tommy Pouncy Jr., Dave Pouncy and Eddie Clyde Pouncy; two sisters, Donner Pouncy and Beatrice Pouncy; one granddaughter, Tammy Denise Rowell; one grandson, Eric Henderson; and one great-granddaughter, Imani Joyner. Additional survivors include 22 grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, her church family and a host of other relatives and friends.