Obituaries for Tues., Dec. 6, 2011

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Joseph “Doby” Mason Foshee, 6 9, died Nov. 27, 2011, at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

Born Oct. 7, 1942, in McKenzie, to the late James and Irene Foshee, he grew up on a farm four miles east of Red Level and attended Red Level High School until his sophomore year. He was an outstanding athlete especially in football and basketball. He was a member of the 1957 Championship football team at Red Level, playing fullback. He started living with his sister and her husband in Demopolis in April 1959. Also he was going to high school, there when he developed polio in September 1959.

Polio left him extensively paralyzed, but it never stopped his zeal for life. He always had a positive attitude about life, even though he was dealt a heavy hand. He took what the Lord gave him and made the most of it. He would often say, “I may be physically disabled, but I am not mentally disabled.”

He finished high school at the Academy of Richmond County in Augusta, Ga., and earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration at Augusta College (Augusta University). After graduation, he worked for 31 years at Continental Can Company (later Federal Paper Company, currently International Paper Co.) as a data analyst in the technical department until his retirement in 1998.

Foshee was active in programs for improving access for the physically challenged/deaf in Augusta communities for the past 25 years. He served on the Able-Disable Inc. Board as president, as vice president, and as treasurer of the organization at various times.

He was one the founding members of the A-D in 1973 in Augusta. He also served on the Camp Juliena Board of Directors as treasurer. Camp Juliena is the only camp for the deaf youth and teens in Georgia. Their policy was to never turn away a child because of their inability to pay the fees. Also, he first became aware of the need for such programs when he went to Academy of Richmond County. He had student friends that would meet and lift him and his wheel chair up the stairs to his classes. He was a member of the Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken, S.C.

The post-polio syndrome that he developed in his later years further weakened his remaining muscles requiring respiratory assistance for most of the day. On Nov. 27, 2011, around 10 a.m., he could no longer breathe and was called home to be with the Lord.

A memorial service will be held on Sat., Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. at Buck Creek Baptist Church in Red Level.

The family requested donations be made to Buck Creek Baptist Church for the purpose of church furniture and/or missions in lieu of flowers and sent c/o Billy Joe Sharpe (church treasurer), 33715 Bryant Road, Red Level, AL 36474.



Willie C. Williamson, 82, of Opp, passed away Sun., Dec. 4, 2011 in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital from injuries sustained in a farming accident.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m., on Tues., Dec. 6, at Keahey Funeral Home with the Rev. Antony Pullukattu Xavier officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Graveside services will then be held at 10 a.m., Wed., Dec. 7, at Bethel Cemetery in Babbie. Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Williamson of Opp; son and daughter-in-law, Windell and Susan Williamson of Luverne; daughter, Leigh Williamson; stepsons, Patrick Vinson, both of Opp, and Joseph Butts of Sanford; stepdaughter, Beth Creech of Birmingham and Michelle Rogers of Babbie; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Robert Carter; granddaughters, Ava Williamson and her husband Kevin Teasdale and Nikki McNab, all of Opp; and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Williamson; brothers, Oscar Williamson and Curtis Williamson; and sisters, Aline Atkins, Ida Ruth Gordon, Wilma Jean Williams, Merle Wise and Cupidene Knowlton.

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John Randell Henderson, 41, of Opp, passed away on Sun., Dec. 4, 2011, at his sister’s residence in Abbeville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 9, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Terry Godwin and Pastor Tommy Dubose officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery in Opp with Keahey Funereal Home directing. The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Keahey Funeral Home.

Survivors include his son, Hunter Kip Henderson; daughter, Hope Henderson; father, John David Henderson; mother, Sarah Nell Henderson; sisters and brothers-in-law,

Cindy and Mike Strickland, all of Opp, Sandra and David Yoemans of Abbeville and JoAnn and Shad Jones of Newville; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

“We love you daddy and we will miss you every day. Love, Kip and Hope”

Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Janice Harris Myers, 70, of Andalusia, died Sat., Dec. 3, 2011, in a Dothan Hospital.

Funeral services were held Mon., Dec. 5, at the River Falls Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Sharpe and Dr. Earl Tew officiating. Burial followed in Stone Lake Cemetery.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, William David and Cynthia Myers Jr. of Chancellor and Jerry Wayne and Cindy Myers of Andalusia; her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Jay St. Clair of Birmingham; grandchildren, Kimberly, David, Jonathon, Lance, Amber, Lauren, and Chuck; a great-grandchild, Lucas; brother, Zack Harris of Panama City, Fla.; a special niece, Lucy Ingram; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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Shirley Bryan Matthews, 62, of Andalusia, died Fri., Dec. 2, 2011 at her residence.

Funeral services will be at noon, on Wed., Dec. 7, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bryan Garrett officiating and burial following in Stone Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be at Foreman Funeral Home two hours prior to the service.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Matthews of Andalusia; her son and daughters-in-law, Bryan Garrett of Brewton, Marcus and Amy Laster of Andalusia, Colby and Jessica Matthews of Daleville and Trey Matthews of Andalusia; her daughters and sons-in-law, Crissy and Keith Brown of Brewton, Kerrie and Paul Powell of Castleberry, Danielle Ruark of Andalusia and Mandy and Brendan Wilkes of Pensacola, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; stepfather, Willie Garrett of Castleberry; brothers, Ron (Gray) Bryan of Manassas, Va., and Donnie Bryan of Pennsylvania, and a sister, Tammy (Hank) Stanford of Castleberry.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Jennings Bryan, and mother, Libby Garrett.

Pallbearers will be Travis Garrett, Brendan Wilkes, Justin Byrd, James Byrd, Josh Pettus and Eric Samuel.

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Deborah Faye “Debo” Clark, 59, of Red Level, died Sun., Dec. 4, 2011, at Flowers Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 8, at the Ward Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Dothan. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Ward Wilson Funeral Home directing.

The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Wed., Dec. 7, fro 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted.

A complete list of survivors will be announced later by Ward Wilson Funeral Home.