Obituaries for Tues., Nov. 29, 2011

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Gary Fowler, 65, of Andalusia, passed away Sun., Nov., 27, 2011, in the Andalusia hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Wed., Nov. 30, in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing and the Rev. Barry Wilkinson officiating. The family will receive friends at Keahey Funeral Home one hour prior to services.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Livings Fowler; mother, Eva Mae Davis; son, Richard Fowler, all of Andalusia; daughter, Pamela Lawson of Dothan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Molly Fowler, Stanley and Lynn Fowler, all of Andalusia, and Phillip Fowler of Gantt; and granddaughters, Elizabeth McMann and Jenna Fowler.

He is preceded in death by daughter, Susan Kim McMann, and brother, Jackie Ray Fowler.

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Erma Caylor of Midland City, formerly of Covington County, passed away Wed., Nov. 23, 2011, at her residence.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Nov. 26, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Elmore officiating, and special music by her granddaughter, Kim Patterson, and Noah Ard, Peggy Caylor and Merline Gordon. Burial followed in Harmony Baptist Church cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Onzel and Raymond Patterson of Dothan; son, Wyman Wayne and Peggy Caylor of Andalusia; grandchildren and their spouses, Waylon Wayne and Sheila Caylor, Robert and Michell Patterson, Kim Patterson and Dave Patterson; six great-grandchildren, Justin, Jeffery, Andrew, Garrett, Hali and Julie; three great-great-grandchildren, Alia, Emma Kate and Leah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Caylor.

Serving as pallbearers were Waylon Wayne Caylor, Kenneth Caylor, Justin Caylor, James Blaine, Chris Fore and Junior Craig.



Melissa Grimes Henderson, 55, of Andalusia, died Thurs., Nov. 24, 2011, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.

Funeral services were held Sun., Nov. 27, at Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Joy and the Rev. Josh Wilson officiating. Interment followed at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.

She was the baby girl born Feb. 12, 1956, to Harold and Frances Grimes. She graduated in 1974 from Andalusia High School and was a cheerleader, well loved by her classmates. She received a degree in early childhood education from her beloved Auburn University in 1976. In 1977, she married her soul mate and best friend, Frankie Henderson. She taught kindergarten at Lockhart and Pleasant Home before deciding to stay at home and raise her three children.

Later, she became a successful business owner of Delta Lighting. Nothing was more important to Melissa than her family. She cherished the times she had with her children and most especially her grandchildren. She relished being “MeMe.” She loved Auburn football and its rich traditions and enjoyed sharing that love with her family. She also loved the beach and spending time with her family there.

She was also fortunate to accompany Frankie all over the world as he traveled on business. She and her family have been active members of Bethany Baptist Church for many years and her faith in Jesus Christ sustained her as she bravely fought her battle with pancreatic cancer. She served as an inspiration to all who knew her with her strength and courage. She fought the good fight. She finished the race. She kept the faith.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 34 years, Frankie Henderson of Andalusia; two sons, Jay (Kate) Henderson of Atlanta and Heath (Kelly) Henderson of Birmingham; one daughter, Kelly (Jonathan) Stinson of Andalusia; four grandchildren who were the joy of her life, Turner Henderson, Ellie Henderson, John Burke Henderson and Cameron Stinson; mother, Mary Frances Grimes of Panama City Beach, Fla.; mother-in-law, Eloise Schofield Henderson of Andalusia; three brothers, Tommy (Betty) Grimes of Panama City Beach, Fla., Jimmy (Debbie) Grimes and Jeff (Laquetta) Grimes of Andalusia; two sisters, Mary Beth (Jim) Dukes of Pineville, La., and June (Curtis) Simpson of Andalusia; two sisters-in-law, Gloria (John) Collier and Angie (Eddie) Cofield of Andalusia; and an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who all adored her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Grimes; niece, Jamie Douglas, and great-niece, Meredith McGlamory.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Meredith’s Miracles.

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